State Attorney’s Office honors 3 employees

By on March 23, 2012

KANE COUNTY—Three employees of the Kane County State Attorney’s office were honored on March 9 for their contributions to the office and their commitment to public service and law enforcement in 2011.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Niermann was named Prosecutor of the Year, and Deborah Day, supervisor of DUI, Domestic Violence and Kane Branch Court support staff, was named Employee of the Year. In addition, Assistant State’s Attorney Christina Wascher was the recipient of the Ace of Spades Award.

Niermann has been a Kane County ASA since 1995 and is the deputy chief of the office’s Civil Division. She represents Kane County on environmental issues and also represents the county in labor negotiations. She has received rulings in the county’s favor that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines being paid to the county for environmental hazard and zoning ordinance violations. Niermann takes great pride in working for a clean environment for Kane County’s residents.

In 2011, Michele served as interim chief of the civil division for the six months. She is the longest-serving ASA in the Civil Division.

Deb Day has been with the office since 2010. She joined the office as an administrative assistant in Traffic and Misdemeanor Division. Her affinity to make jobs and tasks more efficient quickly became apparent, as she found methods to turn a two-person job into a one-person job. In 2011, Deb was promoted to supervisor of support staff for the Domestic Violence, DUI, and Traffic & Misdemeanor divisions, and for Kane Branch Court.

Deb ran her own successful publishing business for more than 20 years. She then put her resourcefulness and ingenuity to work to for the people of Kane County. Her private sector background and problem-solving skills have been a great asset to this office and to the people of Kane County.

Wascher was recognized for her excellence in the courtroom as recipient of the Ace of Spades Award. The award is based on a number of factors, including the number of trials completed, the complexity of the trials completed, the willingness of the prosecutor to serve as co-counsel to other prosecutors in their trials, the steps taken to improve and develop new trial skills, and the way in which the prosecutor mentors and inspires other prosecutors to try cases.