- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk has returned to work after a leave of more than two months for what she said was treatment of depression.

In a statement to reporters, the first-term Republican said she was “excited to be back at work” and had missed the courthouse and her colleagues. She said her nine weeks away had been tough for her, but she returned “stronger and healthier.”

Hawk, who took office in January, had been away from work since late July. She said in an Aug. 25 statement that she was suffering from depression and would take an additional four weeks of leave, then announced two more weeks off on Sept. 21.

Hawk had previously acknowledged getting a doctor’s help in weaning herself from back pain medication in 2013.

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This story corrects the length of Hawk’s absence from nine months to nine weeks.

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