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Edith Messina

The Public Official Award: Edith Messina, appointed in 1984 as the first female circuit judge on the Jackson County Circuit Court, retired from the bench in late 2014. But she wasn’t quite done with public service; earlier this year, she began working part-time as a special advisor to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, where she is tasked with attorney training, examining the office’s diversion programs and other special projects.

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