Newly appointed Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson delivered a brief public statement on Sept. 26 about her plans for running the DA’s office.
Gov. Rick Perry appointed Anderson on Sept. 24 to succeed her late husband Mike Anderson and serve until the next general election.
Belinda Hill, a former state district judge who has been running the DA’s office since Mike Anderson’s death on Oct. 31, will continue as first assistant, Anderson announced.
Hill stood by Anderson when she met with reporters, but did not speak. Anderson said Hill was “the steady hand who kept the office on an even keel” over the last few weeks.
“This job looks a lot less daunting with Belinda by my side,” she said. Anderson, who was an assistant DA in Harris County for 12 years, a former state district judge and criminal-defense attorney, said it’s an “honor and a dream come true to be able to lead the office I grew up in.”
She said she’s an advocate for justice, not convictions, and she wants the opportunity to finish what her husband started when he took office in January.
She said that, during her tenure as a judge, she presided over a drug court and says she’s a “firm believer in rehabilitation” for many drug addicts. She also says she will prosecute all cases in which law enforcement officers in Harris County are killed.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys