District Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit, Bessemer Division
Name: Lynneice Olive-Washington
Date of birth: December, 27, 1967; age 48
Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for District Judge, Place 10, 2010; presiding judge, Bessemer Municipal Court, 2011-present.
Professional experience: Presiding judge, Bessemer Municipal Court, 2011 – present; appellate prosecutor, Irondale Municipal Court, 2013-present; hearing officer, Jefferson County Personnel Board, 2013-present; solo practitioner, 2010-present; assistant district attorney, Bessemer District, 2002-2010; solo practitioner, 1996-2002.
Education: Miles Law School, juris doctorate, 1995; bachelor’s in criminal justice and corrections, Auburn University Montgomery, 1990; graduate, A.H. Parker High School, 1986.
Civic experience: Member and past president, Bessemer Rotary Club; board member, Girls Inc., 2010-present; mentor, Bessemer Business Professional Women’s Club’s P.I.N.K. program, 2009-present; member, Domestic Violence Task Force, Bessemer, 2011-present; member, Children’s Hospital Committee for the Future program, 2012; advisory board member, Brenda’s Brown Bosom Buddies cancer awareness organization; recipient, NAACP’s Wonderful Outstanding Women Award, 2015; recipient, Woman of Achievement award, Bessemer Business and Professional Women’s Club, 2014; recipient, A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club’s Pillars of Character Excellence: Fairness Award, 2014; Rotarian of the Year, Bessemer Rotary Club, 2014;
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Main issues: Implement a program to educate students about how laws can affect them. Develop a citizen and police advisory board to, “bridge the communication gap between the community and the police.” Identify community-based re-entry programs to help people convicted of crimes transition back into life outside of incarceration.