First African American woman hired as a Smith County court reporter celebrating 25 years of service

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The first African American woman to be hired as a Smith County court reporter is celebrating 25 years of service.April 25, 1994 Kim Christopher was hired by the late Smith County Judge Larry Craig as his reporter for County/Probate Court.

She was also the roving reporter, working in a different court each day or for weeks at a time. Duties also include recording the record for grand jury proceedings.

“Smith County has been a blessing to me and my family,” said Kim Christopher “I have worked with many wonderful judges, court staff, and have formed friendships that are like family. If it is the Lord’s will, I am looking forward to serving Smith County for many more years to come,” she said.

114th District Judge Christi Kennedy said a few words about her.

“I am privileged to be able to recognize Kim Christopher for her 25 years of service to Smith County,” Ms. Kennedy said, adding that she has put up with more judges and attorneys than she could count and has always had the best demeanor in doing so. She said when Mrs. Christopher started working for the county, she had no children but now has kids in college and high school.

Judge Kennedy said she is most impressed by what Christopher has done in her last year of service, beginning an evening program to try to get young people to choose a court reporting career because of a shortage in the profession.

Christopher and her husband of 28 years, Michael, have two sons, Kirby, who is a senior at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas; and Jordan, who is a sophomore at Bullard High School. They attend North Tenneha Church of Christ and are very active members.

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