It’s a time of transition for the district attorney’s office here in Pauls Valley as one prosecutor moves onto retirement while two others join in the cause.
This week was officially the last one for Mark Gibson as a prosecutor in the Garvin County office.
Gibson is retiring after working the last 27 years as a prosecutor in a couple of counties with his last stop here in PV.
No regrets though, as Gibson is clear about the fact he’s done exactly what he was meant to do.
“I’m totally blessed,” Gibson said on Thursday. “I started law school with a singular goal to be a prosecutor and that’s what I got the chance to be for the last 27 years.”
For the last three years or so Gibson has for the second time teamed up with Tara Portillo in a D.A.’s office.
Before their stop here in PV the two were prosecutors in Kay County. In fact, it was Gibson who was the elected district attorney there. He was also the one who hired Portillo back in 2000.
As for Gibson, he said it was the law that attracted him to being a prosecutor.
“Law and order; to fight for the good guys kind of thing,” he said.
“I knew what I wanted to do. I woke up every morning literally excited to go do what I do.
“But it’s been long enough. To do this the way I think it should be done is a very stressful job. It’s a taxing job when it comes to your emotions.”
The best part of the job, he said, is you get to “serve the public.”
Gibson’s quick to stress it doesn’t stop there. He believes on some level prosecutors also work to ensure those guilty of committing crimes receive the punishment they deserve.
“Prosecutors also represent the victims and what their interests are,” Gibson said.
“I also believe we have a solemn oath to protect future victims,” he said, referring to scenarios like domestic abuse and sex related crimes.
As he walks away Gibson believes the public should feel pretty good about the trio of prosecutors now working in the district attorney’s office in PV.
“For the people of Garvin County, they should feel optimistic moving forward,” he said, adding it includes experienced attorneys with two of them originally from this area.
Portillo is originally from Davis.
Relatively new to the D.A.’s team here are Laura Shaeffer, who calls Pauls Valley her hometown, and Corey Miner.
Editor’s Note: More on Shaeffer and Miner will come later in the PV Democrat.