Each month the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office highlights one of our standout employees. This month we would like to introduce you to Brynne Mixon! Brynne works on the Adult Sexual Assault team as a Trial Coordinator. The Mobile native and University of South Alabama graduate began her career with our office in 2006. She believes that the most rewarding part of her job is, “Being able to help those who have suffered a traumatic event get the help they need whether it is through counseling or through our office by way of the criminal justice system.” Outside of the office, Brynne loves reading, watching NCAA football, going to the beach, and hanging out with her husband Jon. They have a son named Ryan and two sweet terrier mix babies, Minnie & Daisy.
What’s your favorite thing about living in Mobile or the gulf coast in general? Being as close to the water as we are. I am a summer child and I love being this close to the water.
What do you find challenging about your job? Two things: Not getting personally involved with the cases and the people in which we come to know and care for and also understanding that not everyone can be helped or they may be beyond your reach.
What have you learned/gained from working at MCDA? I’ve learned a lot. I have learned how the criminal just system works in Mobile and a general understanding in other areas as it is not the same in any two circuits. I have also gained a lot of very valued friendships (AFS, LAD, JSW, RHP). I work with an amazing team and I appreciate them, their hard work, willingness to help each other–they are a true blessing to me. And it’s where I met my husband and I am so grateful for him.
What advice would you have for someone beginning a career in the criminal justice system? First of all, you have to pay attention, things move fast in court. To successfully do your job, you should have the ability to empathize and have compassion for everyone involved in your cases.
What is the key to balancing a healthy professional and personal life? Take your vacation time and don’t bring your work home. There will always be cases that hit different but you just have to work through that and know you have done everything you can for your victim and that case.
Is there a particular benchmark or goal in your life that you are proud of accomplishing? It can be personal or professional. Honestly, getting my son raised into an adult.
Do you have an influential project or case that you have worked on? Something that really affected you or moved you? I have worked on many cases that have had an effect on me but almost all of my cases tied to Domestic Violence cause me to get very involved. Those are closest to my heart but some of the hardest cases to work on.
Has there been anyone in your life that has influenced you? I would like to say a huge thank you to Deborah Tillman for being hard on me when she needed to be and for giving so much advice over the years. She has been a wonderful mentor to me and so many other people here in this office. She has kept me straight over these years.
Do you belong to any clubs or charity organizations? Junior League of Mobile, a mystical society, and a book club!
What is the most important thing in your life? My sweet Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and my family.