Judy Choate

Judy Choate Board Member at Large

Judy graduated from Texas Christian University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas Christian University. 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 for the Women’s Center of Tarrant County. She organized, supervised and monitored daily operations of the law enforcement grant (LEAA) 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. 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.

Judy also has served as a Parole Officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and later as a Contract Monitor for the Private Facilities Division. While a Parole officer she supervised sex offenders, offenders in halfway houses, and those on electronic monitoring. 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. Since 2005 Judy has been an adult probation officer for Tarrant County Community Supervision & Corrections Department, with the majority of that time spent in the Sex Offender Unit. She retired, but is now working part-time for CSCD.

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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