DELTA COUNTY — Each year, the Prosecuting Attorney Association of Michigan recognizes members of administration and management who go above and beyond in their community. This year’s winner works just a short drive down US–41.

Delta County’s own Christine Pepin was humbled to discover she had won the Francis A. Smith award when Prosecuting Attorney Philip Strom asked her to proofread a press release bearing the news. In over two decades of dedication, hard work, she’s come to love the people she works with.

“I love the prosecutor’s office, give my heart and soul, I’ve worked for a lot of prosecutors, I’ve worked with different staff, but it becomes your family,” said Pepin.

Pepin has been with Delta County since 1995, and has worked at many different positions. Her former job at the Daily Press allowed her to gain knowledge of the community. She helped establish he first Delta County Labor management committee, as well as the Teen Alcohol Grant Project in the 90s.

“I look forward to when I’m done, don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to retirement, but I’ve had the honor of working for some really great people,” said Pepin.

Pepin plans to retire later this year, putting a cap on a marvelous career.

“It’s going to be strange. It’ll be hard to walk away, because it’s been so much a part of me.”

Once she retires, Pepin will look forward to camping, spending time with friends and family, and catching more than just a couple of Packers games this upcoming season. Despite that, she’ll still find a way to contribute and volunteer for other organizations.