This is the first time a love of pickles and singing in the office have been mentioned as part of an employee of the month nomination, but winner Emily Infante is someone who’s always had a wonderfully quirky approach to life.
“I always try to have a good attitude,” said Emily. “Problems can always be solved, and a smile and positive attitude will get you a lot farther in life.”
Emily has been brightening everyone’s day at Riley County District Court since she first joined the organization in February 2022. She was first assigned to handle the Juvenile Offender cases but since March of this year, she has been working on the Criminal Desk. Emily’s supervisor, Katherine Oliver, describes her as a quick learner who handled the transition to the new desk and new responsibilities with ease. Emily is now responsible for receiving and filing court documents, issuing subpoenas, warrants and summons, finding defense attorneys for defendants, and reviewing court documents for accuracy and completeness. Emily’s enjoyment of this work helps inspire her commitment to excellence.
“I enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where I know my work has an impact. At the courts we do our best to help everyone who requests assistance and that means a lot to me,” said Emily.
Emily has been passionate about the justice system for a long time. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice from Upper Iowa University. After that, she worked as a paralegal for 14 years in her home state of Iowa.
Now, we’re fortunate to have Emily’s positive attitude and delightful personality, (plus her pickle obsession) here in Riley County. Even though she’s only been here a short time, she’s had a big impact on the environment in her office. After meeting her only once, I already feel like she’s a friend.
FYI, here’s the story behind the pickles, because of course that was my first question. Her fiance’s cousins, Tim and Jessica, gifted the couple a Pickle of the Month Club subscription. Three jars of pickles arrive in the mail at Emily’s house every month.
“There’s no way we could eat all those pickles! Rather than waste them, I bring them into the office to share,” said Emily.
That’s just one of the many ways Emily’s generosity of spirit benefits her office.
“While we don’t always work with the public in the best situations, as you can guess, Emily can brighten anyone’s day. She helps boost morale at the office by organizing fun activities, spearheading group efforts to celebrate special occasions, and lifting people up,” said Katharine. “She’s really come out of her shell since starting here!”
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