Andrea LeCroy has worked in the Marshall County Probate Office for 23 years. The worst part about running for Probate Judge to her was that she had to take a 10-month leave of absence while she was campaigning.
She gets to go back to work on Nov. 7, the day after the general election, and she can’t wait.
LeCroy won the Probate Judge’s seat last week when her general election opponent, Democrat Belinda Parker, withdrew from the race. LeCroy will take office in January and she will become the first female Probate Judge in Marshall County history.
“It’s still taking it awhile to sink in,” LeCroy said. “I’m excited. I’m looking forward to the future.”
The 10-month leave is the longest she has not worked in her life. But she stayed very busy during that time. Her campaign followed a furious pace and she was visiting someone somewhere just about every day.
“Marshall County is a lot bigger place than I ever thought it was,” LeCroy said. “I’ve been to places I’d never heard of. I’ve met some of the most wonderful people, many who have become lifelong friends. Campaigning is not for the faint of heart. But I learned a lot of things and the positives far outweighed any negatives. I talked to people about what they want from their probate office and I listened to their suggestions. I think it will make me a better probate judge. My goal is for Marshall County to have the best probate office.”
She feels the probate office is one of the most unique agencies in the county.
“Every person in Marshall County will visit the probate office at some time in their lives,” she said. “We have the opportunity to make the difference in someone’s day or someone’s life. We’re with them during happy times, like an adoption, or during a sad time, like probating an estate.”
LeCroy has worked her way up at the probate office. She started as a recording clerk in the recording department at the office. After a couple years there, she became probate court clerk for 10 years. She was chief clerk the last 11 years.
She embraces all the services that her office provides, but has 2 areas she wants to give special attention once she is sworn in as Probate Judge.
Resources for the mentally ill are at an all-time low in Alabama.
“I’m really looking forward to starting a discussion with law enforcement, the hospitals and mental health providers about our growing number of mental commitments,” LeCroy said. “It is increasing every year. I look forward to working on more options for our citizens and those suffering from mental illness.”
The number of elder guardianships being filed is also growing.
“Elder abuse is an issue near and dear to my heart,” LeCroy said. “I want to work with DHR to find solutions to help those elderly who are coming through probate court. I’m ready to get to work.”
She thanked Judge Tim Mitchell for being encouraging to her in her run to succeed him.
“We also have a wonderful team of attorneys who work in probate court and care about Marshall County and they have been very supportive.”
As for breaking any glass ceilings, that was not an intention.
“It’s just kind of neat to be the first woman probate judge,” LeCroy said. “It’s just one of those little interesting things.”