Joni Green has been with our office for two years and she is the Administrative Assistant to District Attorney Ashley Rich. She graduated from Troy University with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice, which she believes has helped her better understand the court process and how individuals react in certain situations. When she is not at the office she enjoys baking, knitting, and spending time with her family! We asked Joni a few questions to get to know her better!
What is your position at the office and what all does your job entail?
I am the Administrative Assistant to DA Rich. My job is to make sure she has everything she needs to ensure the office runs as smoothly as possible.
What motivated you to start working for MCDA?
I grew up in a small town where the only things to do on a Friday night were to get into trouble or hang around the police station talking to the officers. I chose to get to know the cops and before long I realized I wanted a career in law enforcement as well. Then 17 years ago I began working for the Elberta Police Department as an Administrative Assistant. I fell even more in love with law enforcement and though I have worked a variety of jobs since then, my heart has always been with the justice system. When offered the job at MCDA I jumped at the chance to get back to what I love doing.
How do you stay positive at work?
It helps to have great coworkers. We deal with a lot of awful things here and because we can’t discuss cases outside the office, it helps to surround yourself with people who know how frustrating your job can be and are willing to laugh or cry with you no matter what the situation.
Has there been anyone in your life that has influenced you personally or professionally?
There have been quite a few over the years, but the top of the list belongs to my mother. She has always encouraged me to go for what I want and to not settle for just average. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her support. Professionally, I have to give credit to Chief Jimmie Flanagan for hiring me at Elberta so long ago – he took a chance on me and continues to support me and encourage me all these years later.