Lubbock Co. DA Stanek: 'I'm here to make right decisions' - FOX34 Lubbock

Lubbock Co. DA Stanek: 'I'm here to make right decisions'

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

Lubbock County's new District Attorney, K. Sunshine Stanek now heads a group of 35 attorneys.

"I full heartedly believe I am the most qualified person and the best person, and so happen to be a female," Stanek said.

Stanek is Lubbock's first female D.A. and has been working her way up for 19 years.

"I started off trying tickets in the JP courts, misdemeanor courts, felonies," Stanek said. "I was the intox manslaughter chief for awhile, first assistant most recently and now the appointed and elected district attorney."

The San Antonio native attended Texas Christian University for undergrad. She then graduated as a red raider in 2000 from Texas Tech Law School. Bill Sowder hired her shortly after.

"I started doing the job and realized I loved it," Stanek said. "I can't imagine doing anything else and I haven't done anything else." 

Over the years, Stanek takes pride in the relationship she has built both in and out of the office.

"This office is a reflection of how I've treated people," Stanek said.

But even in what some may assume is a male dominant filed, Stanek believes her gender has not affected her work.

"There are many times just like female police officers, myself, female prosecutors, we'll sit in meetings that's all men and I have never once in this community felt that I was treated differently," Stanek said.

In her off time, Stanek leads the Junior League of Lubbock, gets a workout at CrossFit, or realizes with her son, daughter, and husband of 20 years.

"I took this job because I feel like I'm having an impact on a daily basis in this community, and improving the safety of this community, where I live, where I raise my children and I really try to that in my outside this office life as well," Stanek said.

While she admits it is a lot to juggle, Stanek never doubted her decision to take on multiple roles in life.

"If you're doing something that is not fun, that you don't like, then you don't want to make it work," Stanek said. "So I've always wanted to make it work, my husband is very supportive."

Just like her predecessors, her goal is to seek justice and do the right things for the right reasons.

"If you live by that you can't go wrong," Stanek said. "I've kinda added to that and been telling what I tell my kids, is what I now tell the prosecutors, I'm not necessarily here to make popular decisions, but I'm here to make right decisions." 

Stanek adds another goal of hers is to engage the community. Last year, she put together a citizens prosecutor academy. It will be offered again in March, but this time in conjunction with DPS, LSO, and LPD. 

You have until December 31 to register.

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