EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County is mourning the loss of one of its own this week with the passing of its Probation and Court Services director.
Judy A. (Pieper) Dallas died early Monday at the age of 66-years-old following a battle with cancer.
“(Judy) will be greatly missed,” Chief Judge David Hylla said. “Everyone admired her. She was truly was a dedicated public servant.”
Dallas made history on March 14, 2008 when she became the first female director of the Probation Department.
Hylla said Dallas was dedicated to her job as she was always the first one in the office and the last one to leave.
“She was an inspiration to all,” he said. “She never talked about her aches and pains or problems. She continued coming to work even when she was going through everything.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.”
Dallas was a lifelong resident of Granite City. She was a 44-year veteran of law enforcement and criminal justice community, with 29 years at Madison County.
Her career started with the Granite City Police Department. She served as a detective secretary and chief’s secretary before taking a job as a senior administrative assistant with the county’s probation department in 1988.
A year after Dallas started working for the county she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville.