Apr 15, 2024 - News

How Polk County Attorney Kimberly Graham starts her day

Polk County Attorney Kimberly Graham smiling

Polk County Attorney Kimberly Graham volunteers at Senior Fest. Photo: Courtesy of Polk County Attorney Office

Polk County Attorney Kimberly Graham starts her days by taking care of her dog and two cats … as well as the animals that hang outside her home.

  • "I don't really have a lot of time for hobbies, but I guess it's a hobby — I like to feed birds and raccoons and squirrels and all those little critters on my terrace."

State of play: Graham is naturally a night owl and will typically be the last person to leave work at the end of the day.

  • Her staff regularly receive 1am or 2am timestamped emails, but don't worry, she doesn't expect a prompt response.
  • "I'm almost asleep and then I think of something," Graham says.

Driving the news: One of the biggest challenges Graham faced during her first year in office was overcoming misconceptions, especially from law enforcement agencies, about the leadership change in the county attorney's office.

  • But having communication and building relationships with all of the police chiefs and the sheriff has helped, she says.

Here's how Graham starts her day:

Wake up: 7-7:30am.

🍳 Breakfast: A small protein drink.

  • "I usually don't eat much in the morning."

📚 What she's reading: Any text messages that came in overnight.

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