The Dallas County district attorney is back at work today after a leave of absence. Susan Hawk was away for two months as she sought treatment for depression.
She had been away from the office since late July. In late August, she said in a statement that she was suffering from “a serious episode of depression” and would take more time off.
Hawk previously acknowledged getting a doctor's help in weaning herself from back pain medication in 2013. Hawk, a Republican, took office in January.
Hawk told reporters Thursday morning that she’s excited to be back at work.
“I’ve missed the courthouse, and I’ve missed my colleagues,” Hawk said in a brief statement. “These past nine weeks have been tough, but I am stronger and healthier than I’ve ever been.”
She said she realizes people have questions about her absence.
“I know you deserve the answers, which I fully intend to do,” Hawk said. She plans on answering questions next week.
“I’m stronger than I’ve ever been and I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to serve you,” Hawk said.
A note and picture of Hawk was posted on her Facebook page: “I'm so glad to be back at the courthouse with my colleagues, and so grateful for their hard work over these past weeks.”