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MALONE -- Two Franklin Academy graduates are leading two of New York state's law-enforcement associations.

Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne, who graduated from high school in Malone in 1987, was recently sworn in as president of the New York State District Attorneys Association.

And Margaret Gwinn Ryan, who graduated in 1991 from Franklin Academy, was sworn in last week as the president of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police.


Champagne has been district attorney in Franklin County for eight years and serves on several advisory committees and subcommittees.

He is also on the board of New York State Prosecutors Training Institute and the New York State Law Enforcement Council.

"I am honored and truly humbled by this position. I will strive to make every effort to improve our system as a whole, not only on the prosecution side."

Champagne lives in Malone with his wife, Jennifer, and two daughters.


Ryan is the first woman to hold the position of association president.

"I am deeply honored to serve as president of this great organization," she said in a news release, adding that she continues "to be inspired by the dedication and professionalism of the men and women of New York who have chosen law enforcement as their career."

Ryan has been chief of the Village of Dryden Police Department since 2002 and supervises a staff of 17.

She has been in law enforcement since 1994 and has served as an instructor and course coordinator at the Central New York Police Academy for more than 10 years.

She established the Dryden Junior Police Academy and programs to better the relationships between police and juveniles.

Ryan graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor's degree in sociology and lives in central New York with her husband, Steve, and their two children.

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