A luncheon was held at the Abel Maldonado Community Center to celebrate June Austin's retirement after more than 34 years with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.
More than 65 guests attended, including Austin's husband Gene, parents Jim and Darlene, daughter Rachel, grandchildren Madison and Miles, former co-workers, friends from neighboring agencies and co-workers from Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Barbara.
Guest speakers included District Attorney Joyce Dudley, Chief Deputy District Attorney Cindy Gresser, Senior Deputy District Attorney Brandon Jebens, Deputy District Attorney Wynn Tran and supervisor Jennifer Glimp.
Santa Maria Vocational Training Center catered the event.
Austin began her career in the DA's office in 1982 as a receptionist. In 1985, she was promoted to legal secretary and worked misdemeanor, felony and juvenile caseloads. She also was a witness coordinator, senior investigative assistant, acting supervisor and trial assistant. She retired as a senior legal office professional.
From 1988 to 1998, she served as a member and president on the Santa Maria Independent Living Environment (SMILE) board of directors (now known as OPTIONS), a nonprofit organization serving the independent living needs of developmentally disabled adults in the Santa Maria area. She became involved with SMILE operations because her sister with special needs began residing in a SMILE home in 1986, attends Vocational Training Center and participates in Special Olympics.
Austin plans to enjoy her retirement by traveling with her husband and spending quality time with her family and grandchildren.