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End of an era: Former DA reflects on changing of the guard

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Being first at something is nothing new for Pat Lykos.

She became a Houston Police officer when only a handful of women would consider such a career.

Lykos remembers the police chief telling her the only reason he couldn't promote her to sergeant was because she was a she.

"It broke my heart because I originally became an officer to work my way through undergraduate school and law school and I fell in love with it," Lykos said.

She then focused on her biggest ambition in life to be an attorney.

"The only exception was when I was in the fourth grade," she said.  "I had an ambition to be the first woman major league baseball player because I had an arm I was really a great pitcher."

After 15 years as an active criminal court judge, she would be the first woman to be Harris County's district attorney.

Four years ago, she said the office had antiquated processes like the way restitution money for victims was kept.

"We discovered there were a million dollars in restitution that had never been distributed to victims," she said.  "In the course of doing that, we further discovered an employee of the district attorney's office had, over the course of several years, embezzled over a quarter of a million dollars."

She said she also discovered over 600 capital murder and murder warrants with no one looking for them.

"And we've arrested people now who committed their murders in the 70s," she said.

In her four years in office, she said she saved the county tens of millions of dollars by creating new programs like pre-trial diversion for first time D.W.I. offenders.

"My head's held high," she said.

But of course, newly elected D.A. Mike Anderson paints a much different picture of the office.

"I was raised in an office where justice was the thing.  You do the right thing and let the consequences take care of themselves and there were complaints that that was not being done and there were decisions being made that were political and that just can't be," Anderson said.

"As for the new D.A., I wish him well and if I can be of any assistance, please don't hesitate to call me," Lykos said.

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