Judy Choate

Judy Choate Reception & Outreach

Judy graduated from Texas Christian University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Prior to receiving her degree, she began her career in criminal justice in 1977 as a public safety dispatcher for Fort Worth Police Department answering and dispatching incoming emergency calls.

In 1980, she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Rape Crisis Program of Tarrant County, funded by a LEAA grant. Her duties included organizing daily operations for this newly funded 24-hour telephone and in-person crisis counseling for victims of sexual assault and their significant others. She provided training for professionals and oversaw 50 plus volunteers. In mid1981, the program integrated into The Women’s Center of Tarrant County.

From 1981 to 1986 she was a Supervisory Assistant for the Family Services, Crisis Intervention Program in Fort Worth. She was responsible for overall office operations, preparing statistics, training 80 plus volunteers for a 24-hours hotline.

After receiving her degree, Judy began employment as a Parole Officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in January 1986. While a Parole officer she supervised sex offenders, offenders in halfway houses, and those on electronic monitoring. She later became a Contract Monitor for the Private Facilities Division. As a monitor/auditor she conducted on-site monitoring of multiple correctional facilities, planned and conducted unannounced inspections, compliance reviews and verification reviews as the lead monitor or team member. She retired from TDCJ in March 2003. In May 2005, Judy began employment with Tarrant County Community Supervision & Corrections where she was in the Sex Offender Unit until her retirement in March 2012. Upon retirement, Judy again began working a retired/part-time position for CSCD in May 2013 until January 2018 when she began a contract position supervising family visitation in the community with Tarrant County Family Court. As of September 2018, retirement is permanent.

Judy’s father, Harold A. Hartman, PFC served during WWII from January 4, 1943 to November 29, 1945 in the Army Air Corp. He was drafted as a utility repairman and served in the Central Europe Campaign in HQ Battery 550th AABN 3rd Army. After it was learned he could speak German, he was assigned to the Forward Reconnaissance 550th Anti-Aircraft Unit as an interpreter for the Interrogation Unit. Hartman’s job was to encourage Germans to surrender and to ask the village’s Burgermeister (mayor) about any Nazis still in the village. He was in the Battle of the Bugle and at the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. He was also present when PM Churchill, Stalin, General Eisenhower and General Montgomery, (whom he met personally), and General Patton met to determine who would take Berlin. Because PFC Hartman spoke German, he was sent out to procure some beef to feed these dignitaries. He said they could not just confiscate cattle, so they paid for 2 cows with MRE’s. PFC Hartman was awarded the Victory Medal, American Bronze Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, W/1 Bronze Battle Star, Overseas Service Bar, and the Good Conduct Medal.

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