|Name||Kym L. Worthy|
, Michigan , United States
Feb 20, 2010 09:33pm
|Info||On January 6, 2004, in Detroit, Michigan, Kym Loren Worthy was sworn in as the chief law enforcement officer of Wayne County. Surrounded by family and friends, it was a historic moment as Worthy became the first African-American, and the first woman, to become the Wayne County Prosecutor. The 63-member bench of the Wayne County Circuit Court appointed Worthy to the position. In November 2004 Worthy ran unopposed for re-election. |
Worthy earned her undergraduate degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Worthy began her career in the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in 1984, where she became the office's first African-American "Special Assignment" prosecutor. Worthy was elected judge of the Recorder's Court for the City of Detroit in 1994. She became a judge for the Wayne County Circuit Court in October 1997 when that court merged with the Recorder's Court. After nine years on the bench she retired from her position in 2003 to become a candidate for the Office of the Wayne County Prosecutor.
Worthy's list of accomplishments is lengthy. A strong believer in community service, she is a frequent speaker for youth, civic and religious organizations. She has received numerous awards and honors for her role as community leader. Her church home is the Greater Grace Temple of Apostolic Faith in Detroit, Michigan. She is the mother of eight-year-old Anastasia.