The Richmond Register

Local News

August 22, 2013

Paralegal serves county attorney’s office for 31 years

RICHMOND — In the past few years, Sarah Farris had mentioned a few times to her boss, County Attorney Marc Robbins, that she was thinking about retirement, but he kept persuading her to stay just a little bit longer, she said with a laugh.

But last month, the 62-year-old paralegal did retire and was honored with a party attended by many of the people she got to know and help during her 31 years with the county attorney’s office.

Farris was raised in Arizona and came to Kentucky after marrying her husband, Buddie, who was from Richmond.

She first worked as a Winn-Dixie cashier for five years, then she spent another five years as a secretary in the medical records department at Eastern Kentucky University.

However, Farris was eager to find something different to do, so she picked up the EKU program catalog and leafed through it.

“I saw the paralegal program and thought, ‘hmm, that sounds interesting,’” Farris said.

While she was in enrolled in the paralegal program, she completed an internship under then-County Attorney William G. Clouse. Clouse then hired her after the office paralegal left to attend law school.

Farris also served in the office under County Attorney Bobby Russell, who followed Clouse. After 14 years, current County Attorney Marc Robbins was elected to the office.

Farris said she was “very blessed” to have continued working in the county attorney’s office for 31 years because newly elected officials will sometimes want to bring in new staff.

Farris’ duties included taking criminal complaints from residents and police officers, preparing cases for trial, preparing the weekly docket, and handling guardianships and emergency medical detentions.

“A big part of my job was communicating with the people to see if we could help them,” Farris said. “ … That’s what’s kept me going all these years, helping people and just pointing them in the right direction.”

Farris acknowledged the criminal court system can be confusing to a lot of people, and she enjoyed helping people navigate their way through it.

“Sometimes it could be stressful – you’d talk to people that have problems, big problems,” Farris said.

Farris has given talks to freshman EKU paralegal studies classes about her career, and in the past she also participated in the Colors of Justice program, which aimed to get minority high school students thinking about careers in the legal field.

Farris hasn’t been retired long enough to think of any long-range plans for her spare time. Her husband suffered a stroke four years ago, and she will continue to care for him. Farris also has two adult children and two grandchildren.

“Who knows what the future holds for me? We’ll see!” Farris said.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 7-27 HeartChase 1.jpg A race to the finish line

    Sheltered by overcast sky and supported by a cool breeze, teams competed Saturday morning in the second annual HeartChase at Richmond Centre.

    July 26, 2014 6 Photos

  • 7-27 Hops 1.jpg Hops & Vine Festival raises money for humane society

    Downtown Richmond’s Hops and Vine Festival started more than two years ago with a question.

    July 26, 2014 3 Photos

  • Bill Clinton will stump for Grimes in eastern Kentucky

    Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is again calling in the “Big Dog” in her quest to unseat five-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    Former President Bill Clinton will join Grimes on Aug. 6 for a campaign rally in eastern Kentucky, according to a campaign official who would provide no further details.

    July 26, 2014

  • 7-26 Stockyards 2.jpg Cattle farmers enjoying ‛perfect storm’

    Demand is up, and cattle are selling for record prices.

    At the same time, corn prices are down and fuel prices have stabilized.

    That adds up to a “perfect storm” for Kentucky cattle farmers, said Gary Kelly of Paint Lick as he ate lunch Friday with his brother Jimmy at the restaurant across from the Blue Grass Stockyards.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • 7-26 Fire Practice Structure 1.jpg Fire training tower going up

    A new training tower for the Richmond Fire Department is rising on Four Mile Road.

    Construction began Thursday on the four-story, steel-framed structure.

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Pavement work to restrict I-75 in Rockcastle County

    Beginning Sunday until about the end of November, Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County will be reduced to one lane in each direction between mile points 58 and 66 for pavement work.

    July 26, 2014

  • Jailed woman charged with heroin trafficking

    A Richmond woman already jailed on another charge was served with a drug trafficking warrant Thursday.

    July 26, 2014

  • County’s jobless rate improves

    Madison County’s unemployment rate for June, 6.5 percent, was a full percentage point lower than a year earlier and 0.2 points lower than in May.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-25 Camp Invention 1.jpg Young inventors turn trash to treasure

    The first day of Camp Invention began with a room full of objects ready to be recycled, Sarah Shaffer, director of the camp said Thursday.

    July 24, 2014 6 Photos

  • 7-25 William Gilbert.jpg Four arrested on meth charges at Berea motel

    Berea Police arrested four people Wednesday at the Knights Inn on Chestnut Street, including a man they said tried to conceal a meth lab on his person.

    July 24, 2014 5 Photos

AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should Madison County’s three local governing bodies ban smoking in indoor public places?

Yes
No
     View Results