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District attorney will seek another term


The Brunswick News

Incumbent Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson will seek to keep her office in the July 31 Republican primary.

Johnson was first appointed in 2010 to the office by former Gov. Sonny Perdue after former lead prosecutor Stephen Kelley was sworn in as a Glynn County Superior Court judge.

Before Johnson was appointed, she was an assistant district attorney for 12 years and has handled more than 2,000 criminal cases in the circuit's five counties of Glynn, Camden, Wayne, Appling and Jeff Davis.

Since becoming district attorney, Johnson has overseen 35 employees in four offices throughout the circuit and administered a caseload of about 4,000 cases a year, according to a campaign statement.

Her chief goals as district attorney have included making the office more fiscally efficient, addressing jail overcrowding and improving working relations with law enforcement, she said.

"The district attorney's office is working more closely with law enforcement to build and prosecute solid criminal cases against dangerous offenders; moving criminal cases to court more quickly to reduce jail populations and save tax dollars; and operating more efficiently on a reduced staff," Johnson said.

"Over¬┬áthe last two years, the office has focused on cases involving the most dangerous criminal offenders and successfully gained convictions in more than a dozen¬┬áhomicide cases throughout the circuit."

As an honor graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and a graduate of the university's Terry College of Business, Johnson said her skill set has brought a balanced budget to the office.

Johnson also serves as chairman of the Golden Isles Children's Advocacy Center and is a founding member of the Camden Criminal Justice Council.

She has served on the Child Fatality Review Committee, the Multi-Disciplinary Task Force on Child Abuse and as a special prosecutor for the Altamaha Drug Task Force.