New Scandal as Dallas DA Susan Hawk Extends Leave

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DALLAS -- Susan Hawk is making her comeback. And with it, of course, is another controversy.

The embattled Dallas County DA announced Monday that she’ll return to work on October 2 as she battles depression.

Cindy Stormer, fired from her job as administrative chief last week, is speaking out. She says Hawk tried to use public funds for her personal expenses a number of times.

Stormer also claims she was fired for refusing to do her boss's dirty work.

But Hawk’s top assistant Messina Madson is firing back. She insists Hawk didn’t misuse any funds and says Stormer is retaliating because she was fired for poor job performance.

In a statement to NewsFix, the DA’s office says:

“It is unfortunate that Mrs. Stormer is choosing to distort the facts and attack our office, and specifically attack Judge Hawk while she is unable to respond.”

This is the latest controversy in a tumultuous tenure for Hawk. She rode into office making national headlines as Dallas County’s first female district attorney.

“It’s a privilege to be the first women, but I don’t want to be remembered as the first women,” she told NewsFix before taking office. “I want to make the DA’s office the best in the nation.”

Since then, it’s been anything but smooth sailing. Hawk's fired or forced six key employees to resign. She hasn’t been at work since July when she went MIA before revealing she was entering a treatment facility for depression.

Looks like Hawk’s comeback is going to be anything but stress free.