First elected in 1987, Douglas Albert Valeska has served as District Attorney for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit for 21 years. Prior to his election to District Attorney, Doug served as chief Assistant District Attorney for the Twentieth Judicial circuit and Assistant District Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit.
Following his graduation from Dothan High School, Doug received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Alabama. He received his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1978, and has practiced law since that time.
His is a member of various organizations including the Alabama State Bar, Houston County Bar, Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation, National District Attorney’s Association, Alabama District Attorney’s Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Alabama Peace Officer’s Association. He initiated the McGruff program in this area and is founder of the Dothan/Houston/Henry Crimestoppers Program. He has also served as an instructor for the Alabama Judicial College. In addition, Doug is Chairman of the Board for Victims of Crime and Leniency.
Among the many awards he has received are the Judge Jerry White Award for 2008-2009, State Humanitarian Award for 2007-2008, the Miriam Shehane Award for the State of Alabama for 2006-2007, the Miriam Shehane Award for Southeast Alabama for 2005-2006, the President Ronald Wilson Reagan Award for 2006, Alabama State Prosecutor’s Award for 2005, Association of Government Attorneys Award for Excellence in Capital Litigation for 2004, Child Advocate of the Year for 2004.
Doug and his wife, Donna, are the parents of three children: Trev, Lacey, and Nick. They have one grandson, Miles.
Douglas A. Valeska