Lynelle Trujillo Dedicates 25 Years to Court Administration
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Lynelle Trujillo has dedicated 25 years of service to her Community as a secretary. In 1989, she started as a clerk-typist and transitioned into her current position in 1991. She has since become the go-to person for the Salt River Courts administrative staff.
Trujillo started working for the Community when there were only eight court administrators, two judges who handled adult cases, one judge for juvenile cases, and one computer. She has had the privilege to work with eight different court administrations and seven different chief judges. She watched the groundbreaking for the Salt River Court Building and the more recent one for the new Salt River Justice Center.
“I like the work that I do and I think I’m fortunate to be in this position. I’m not sure how other people would feel about being in the office and having day-to-day tasks, but I don’t mind it. I like it. I like that I’m able to work independently,” Trujillo said. “I’ve learned a lot. I like being able to help and share what I’ve learned with some of the other staff. I’ve been here awhile and I know how things work, and I’m able to help answer any questions you may have,” added Trujillo.
|Photo taken in 2007 of court staff, including Trujillo, when President Delbert Ray, Sr., was the chief judge.|
As a court secretary, Trujillo is responsible for organizing, creating, archiving and maintaining legal documents for court officials. Judges, lawyers and other legal professionals rely on Trujillo to maintain and retrieve legal documents required for specific cases. This career requires strong organizational and communication skills, in addition to an ability to withhold confidential information. Trujillo manages the day-to-day inflow and outflow of legal files through the court system.
“Some of the major differences from when I first started are the obvious: staff, caseload and technology,” Trujillo added. “Our staff has pretty much tripled from when I first started, and we now have a total of seven judges. Our caseload has grown with the new staff, and it’s continuing to grow. We had one computer when I first started, and we didn’t have an information technology (IT) department. Now everyone has his or her own computer and the IT Department has grown.”