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Office of Criminal District Attorney Galveston County
News Release
Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Hires: First Assistant, Trial Bureau Chief and Misdemeanor Chief

The Galveston County Criminal District Attorney’s Office has secured the services of Ms. Donna Goode, a career prosecutor who will assume the position of First Assistant and second in command in the District Attorney’s office this August. Ms. Goode, a former Harris County Assistant District Attorney, brings more than twenty-four (24) years of knowledge and experience as a prosecutor to our office, all of which will provide a benefit; not only to the office, but also to citizens we serve. 

During her prosecutorial career, Ms. Goode has served as Chief Prosecutor of the Professional Development Bureau, the Major Fraud Division, and the Organized Crime Unit of the Special Crimes Bureau, the Intake Bureau, and the Public Integrity Division. She has also tried the entire realm of criminal cases, ranging from Misdemeanor offenses to Capital Murders.

As part of our continuing efforts to make this office the best it can be, we have also obtained the services of another career prosecutor, Mr. Lester Blizzard, who brings more than twenty (20) years of experience in prosecuting the full spectrum of criminal cases. A former Harris County prosecutor, Mr. Blizzard has previously served as the Division Chief, Major Frauds Division, Special Crimes Bureau, Felony Trial Bureau, Appellate Division, and in the Misdemeanor, Juvenile and Intake Divisions, and his responsibilities in our office will be that of our Trial Bureau Chief, a position responsible for all cases that are tried in our District Courts. 

Additionally, Mr. Ted Weems, who spent the last eleven (11) years as the Elected District and County Attorney for Lee County, Texas, joined our office this January and took over the responsibility of Chief of our Misdemeanor Division. His experience and proven capabilities are helping to educate, shape and mold our young group of beginning prosecutors into being the best they can be in the courtroom by realizing their full potential.     

“All three of these individuals being available, with this much experience, to join our office and assist us in our continuing prosecutorial efforts is nothing short of remarkable. With these hires, we have secured a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be invaluable, today and tomorrow, over and over again, with the positive outcomes being realized not only in the courtroom, but also in the communities we serve.” 

Kurt Sistrunk
Criminal District Attorney

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