For the public: Kathryn Kull, Nevada City
Where I work: Nevada County District Attorney’s Office.
My job title: Deputy District Attorney.
What I do in my job: I’m a prosecutor. I specialize in felony domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
Why my job is important to the public: I handle difficult cases, many involving spousal abuse, where the victims are often reluctant to go forward for a variety of reasons, usually fear. I believe it’s important to break the debilitating cycle of abuse in relationships and hopefully give families some tools for a healthier future.
The special skills and talents I bring to my job: 1) I enjoy my job; and 2) nothing shocks me. Besides my current caseload, I have significant experience in handling crimes involving methamphetamine and other drugs. Domestic violence and substance abuse go hand in hand. I’m tough, realistic and fair in handling my cases. I try to keep my eye on the big picture.
The best part of my job: Watching people survive traumatic experiences and get on with their lives. From time to time, a crime victim who did not want me to prosecute her case comes back to thank me, and I know I’ve helped.
A day at work I’ll always remember was … : During a jury trial, overwhelmed by the horror of one victim’s experience during her testimony, I was truly overcome. I was dumbfounded. It took me a few moments to get my bearings and move on.
How I got my job: I started as a volunteer legal intern back in 1992. I was willing to work hard for no pay during a budget crunch.
How long I’ve been working here: I’ve been with this office for 12 years. I’ve been a gopher, a senior deputy, and everything in between.
My dream job would be: Well, I’m fortunate, I pretty much have it. I feel like I do make a difference.
My family: Locally, my beautiful, talented sons Trevor and Dustin and my wonderful fiancé Greg Francis. Pardon the obvious bias. The rest of my family is in Hawaii, the Bay Area, and beyond.
My hobbies: I love SCUBA diving, skiing and traveling to the far corners. Above all, however, I love exploring the near corners of the world with my kids.
When I was a kid: I was really shy. I outgrew that slowly.
My dream vacation: Six months, no itinerary, and an international plane and train pass.
If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: Susan Sarandon. Serious, irreverent, and a good sense of humor.
The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My mother. My father. My teachers. Collectively they taught me that with hard work and a creative mind, I could achieve any goal I set for myself.
My hero: My late stepfather, John Sherwood, a tremendously generous man.
The best book I’ve read lately: “The Century” by Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster. History over the past 100 years, as if written by you or me.
I like living in Nevada County because: So many good people live here. Although I see some pretty unpleasant human behavior in my work, I remain so encouraged by the extraordinary contributions of our neighbors. We have a wonderful community. And pine trees, what could be better?
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