Lynneice O. Washington
Jefferson County District Attorney, Bessemer Cutoff
Residence: Unincorporated Jefferson County near Bessemer
Political experience: Elected Jefferson County district attorney for the Bessemer Cutoff, 2016 to present; unsuccessful run for Jefferson County district judge, 2010.
Professional experience: Opened general practice law office,1997; served as assistant district attorney, 2002-2010; served as presiding municipal court judge for the city of Bessemer, 2011- 2016; appointed appellate prosecutor for the city of Irondale; served as hearing officer for Jefferson County Personnel Board.
Civic experience: Member, Metropolitan Criminal Justice Executive Association, Crime Stoppers Executive Board, Victims of Crime and Leniency (Vocal), Brenda’s Brown Bosom Buddies and Bessemer Rotary Club.
Education: Graduated from A.H. Parker High School, 1986; BS degree from Auburn University of Montgomery, December 1990; jurist doctorate cum laude, Miles College, May 1995.
Main issues: Washington said that, throughout her administration, she has focused on a three-prong mission approach: promoting public safety, maintaining community trust and empowering youth for the future, and has implemented several programs to that end. She cites Operation Python, which was formed to combat violent crime, and a candlelight vigil held each year during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Her office partnered with her church, New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, to conduct a vaccination and community resource drive during the height of COVID. The West Jefferson Helping Families initiative is a crime preventive program implemented in her office to address students with chronic absenteeism and behavior issues by identifying and treating underlying family issues. Wants to work with the community and law enforcement on interrupter programs to reduce crime and gun violence involving youth.
Top Contributors: $10,000: Business Services, Inc.; $7385.35: Self; $2,500: Iron Workers Local 92, Wheeler Wrecker Service.