By JESSICA ROBINSON
The Big Horn County Attorney’s Office recently welcomed another deputy county attorney to the team and she is no stranger to Basin.
Jennifer Kirk, daughter of Dave and Jeri Cooper of Basin, was raised and attended school in Basin, graduating in 2000.
Kirk attended the University of Wyoming for both her undergraduate degree and law school. “I always wanted to go to law school ever since I was a child,” she said. After she had her first child, Kirk said she decided that if she was going to work, she really wanted to do something she was passionate about.
When her son was 10 months old, Kirk and her husband packed up and she attended school. Her son is now nine years old and they have a four-year-old daughter as well.
After graduating, Kirk went back to Cheyenne and worked for a year for Legal Aid of Wyoming. Four years ago, the Kirks moved to Cody and Jennifer worked for another non-profit, the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, until she was hired to her current position with the Big Horn County Attorney’s Office.
“Up to that point, I had dedicated my life to non-profit service,” she said. She said she felt like she was ready for a change.
When the job opened up, Jennifer felt like it was a good fit for her. She said she always wanted to come back to Basin at some point in her career and serve the community. She was very excited.
Jennifer said Marcia Bean is a very good person to learn from and she knew she would get a lot of good experience. “I’m very proud to be in service to the community that I grew up in and passionate about doing a good job and providing good services to Big Horn County,” she said.
“We’re really thrilled that she’s here,” said Big Horn County Attorney Marcia Bean. “We’re thrilled that she agreed to take this position.”
Bean said there has been a need for a civil deputy attorney in their office. “I know the commissioners are really happy that there is somebody dedicated to doing the civil work,” she said.
“We are absolutely thrilled she has a lot of civil experience that she brings along with an understanding of who we deal with,” Bean said.
Bean said the plan is to have everybody in the office able to step in. Once all the civil pieces are leveled out, Bean hopes to move Jennifer to other areas so she is able to do whatever they need.
Bean didn’t know if their office has had a dedicated civil deputy attorney. However she was really happy that the county commissioners understood the need and met it. She said she is very thankful to them for doing them.
At this time, Jennifer is working on civil matters for the office. “I’ve been able to get a really good jump on a lot of things and have made some good progress in some issues that have needed attention,” she said.
She said she is looking forward to continuing the work, learning and just stepping in to help wherever she can.
“This is my hometown and I’m really proud to be back here and to feel like I’m providing service to the community that gave me a great childhood,” she said.