In honor of National Women’s History Month, we are honoring some of the many talented women who work for the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office through a series of interviews entitled: “The Women of CCPO”

Today, we recognize Secretarial Assistant Barbara Govito.

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Barbara: Women’s History Month shows the vital role women played in the establishment and growth of America.  It celebrates and highlights women’s accomplishments.  Having this special month encourages girls and young women to pursue their passions and gives them confidence that they can do great things.

What woman did you admire growing up and why?

Barbara: Growing up, I admired my sister, Sandy.  I’m the youngest of five children.  Our mother left us when I was eleven years old.  Sandy was only a teenager, but she stepped up in a big way.  She assumed adult responsibilities and took good care of me.  I’ll always love and admire her for doing that.

As an adult, I admire my daughter, Kristin.  She is strong, kind, generous, and knowledgeable about worldly things.  Perhaps the most remarkable thing about her is her outstanding emotional I.Q.  She has taught me so much in her young lifetime and I am so proud of her.  Thank you, Kristin, I Love You! (Sorry to my sons, this is for women only!)

Describe your role at the CCPO:

Barbara: I have worked at the CCPO for 30 plus years and have held several positions.  Presently, I mainly handle the in-house administration of the Pretrial Intervention Program.  It is my responsibility to assure all court orders are correct and properly uploaded to case files and that all files are properly managed and maintained throughout the process of the program.  I direct traffic tickets to municipal courts for resolution. I also help Assistant Prosecutors navigate complex, and sometimes confusing, court databases to obtain information on the procedural aspects of their cases.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Barbara: The most rewarding part of my job is knowing I am a member of the best team in Law Enforcement!  I started in the record room and worked my way through many units.  I’ve seen how great things can be accomplished with teamwork.  The work we do really does matter.  It has been so rewarding to see that justice can be done.  Also, we care about one another and we truly are a family.

What is your message to young girls interested in pursuing a career path like yours (or to young women in general)?

Barbara: With education, training, and a positive attitude you can do anything.  This is true regardless of your family background, social standing, or living situation.  Be guided by a vision of your best future self and work hard to achieve that.  If the first thing you try doesn’t work out, regroup and move on to the next thing.  Before coming to the CCPO, I worked in a different field for twelve dull years.  If I hadn’t taken the chance on something new, I would have missed out on a very rewarding and long career.