Not every person in the district attorney’s office is a prosecutor, but each person there has an opportunity to make a difference.
For 17 years Judy Humphrey has made a difference by helping victims being served by the office. Humphrey recently retired and her colleagues gathered to wish her well.
District Attorney Mike Flynn said Humphrey basically created the office’s victim witness program. “She started with an empty file cabinet and built it from there. She was an extremely compassionate, caring person and we saw that every day when she came to work when she tried to help people who had difficulties and problems,” Flynn said. “It had started a few years before on a state level. She started it as far as our office was concerned.”
Flynn said having a good victim-witness coordinator on hand is vital. “They keep everything flowing and make sure we have witnesses here when we need them and most importantly the victim is kept informed of what is taking place and any needs of theirs we can meet, we do,” he said.
Assistant District Attorney Ellen Berez said Humphrey was a big help. “She was instrumental in making jury trials run smoothly, having victims feel more comfortable when they’re here,” she said. “She belonged to important committees, she was a leader and she was very important and very easy to work with, she was a pleasure to be around and always helpful.”