20 Under 40: MICHAEL KAGAY
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Michael, the youngest District Attorney in Shawnee County’s history, directs all operations within the DA’s Office. This includes the prosecution of all homicide, sex offenses and other felonies occurring within the city of Topeka and Shawnee County.
In addition to his professional service, Michael serves on the Boys and Girls Club of Topeka and coaches basketball, football and soccer with Upward Sports.
Where do you see Topeka in 10 years? There is something special happening right now in this community. Talented leaders are stepping up and working together to make this city safer, more cohesive and more exciting. This is the capital city, and it is a city of limitless potential and opportunity.
Why did you choose Topeka as the place to start your career? This city has given me the opportunity to pursue my education, marry the woman I love, and raise a family. I am extremely grateful to now have the opportunity to serve this community as the District Attorney. In that role, I am responsible for law enforcement throughout Shawnee County. As such, my primary responsibility is to ensure public safety through victim advocacy, offender accountability, and law enforcement partnerships. My secondary responsibility is to keep the community informed and educated regarding the work that my office does on their behalf.