Hammond said she wasn’t able to attend the awards ceremony due to her involvement in the trial of Nicholas Smith, convicted of killing third-grade teacher Kevin Thompson. However, the award now proudly hangs on Hammond’s office wall, thanks to an investigator who brought it home for her.
“It’s a very special award to me. It’s probably the most important accolade anyone could get in my profession,” Hammond said.
The award winner is selected by investigators and district attorneys across the state, Hammond said.
“It’s one of those things where your peers say you do a good job and that means the world,” she said.
Hammond has worked in the Calhoun County District Attorney’s office for 19 years and said she’s been fortunate to serve under “two educated and legal-minded DA’s” in Joe Hubbard and Brian McVeigh.
Hammond said the award reflects positively on not only the DA’s office, but also Calhoun and Cleburne counties’ courthouse personnel.
“It wouldn’t be possible if we didn’t have two courthouses that operated in a manner that assisted everyone,” she said.
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