Ready to cover county’s docket

District Attorney Bret Burns with newly hired Assistant District Attorney Carrie Hixon. Hixon will cover all of Jefferson County's docket.

On July 1, a new assistant district attorney began working full-time in Jefferson County.

District Attorney Bret Burns said that Carrie Hixon, 28, of Ringling will cover Jefferson County’s entire docket including juveniles, civil cases, felonies, misdemeanors, traffic tickets, wildlife, etc.

“We are excited to have Carrie on our staff,” Burns said. “I think her background in rural Oklahoma and her work ethic will help her serve the citizens of our district well.”

She will also cover Stephens County’s deprived juvenile docket as needed, Burns said.

Hixon became interested in law when she was a dispatcher for Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) while at Cameron University in Lawton pursuing a criminal justice degree.

“I have a lot of respect for law-enforcement officers and enjoyed working along side them,” Hixon said. “So I knew I wanted to be a part of the process, but I didn’t want to be an actual police officer.”

Because of her experience dispatching for OHP, Hixon also came to know most of the OHP officers who patrol the streets in Stephens and Jefferson Counties.

As Hixon continued her education in criminal justice, she began to realize she really enjoyed her undergraduate law classes.

“So I decided to pursue law,” Hixon said.

While at law school, Hixon ran into Burns while interning at a district attorney’s office. Burns was an assistant district attorney at the time.

“I really enjoyed working for him and am glad to have the opportunity again,” she said. “It’s my fifth day on the job. It’s great. I couldn’t ask to work with better people. Bret has a good team.”

Before she was hired to work specifically in Jefferson County, Burns sent alternating assistant district attorneys to cover their docket.

“Hopefully this will make it easier to provide greater consistency,” Hixon said.

She has already begun meeting all the law-enforcement officers in Jefferson County that she will deal with on a regular basis.

“But I haven’t met all the law-enforcement officers yet,” Hixon said. “Hopefully I can make a difference. I like to feel like I am actually helping people.”

She resides in Ringling with her husband, Zac, who works in the oil field, and their 1-year-old son, Gage.

Hixon joins Burns team about a month after former Assistant District Attorney John Weedn left to work for a private defense firm in Miami.

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