Cobb DA Reynolds tapped to lead GBI

The Standard Journal - - POLICE & FIRE - By Jon Gar­gis jgar­[email protected]­jon­

Cobb’s top pros­e­cu­tor will soon be­come Ge­or­gia’s top law en­force­ment of­fi­cial.

Cobb District At­tor­ney Vic Reynolds was ap­pointed by Gov­er­nor Brian Kemp to be the next direc­tor of the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, state of­fi­cials an­nounced last Fri­day.

As leader of the GBI, the 62-year-old Reynolds will lead a staff of more than 800.

Reynolds’ last day in Cobb will be Feb. 15, DA’s of­fice spokesper­son Kim Isaza said.

With the Cobb district at­tor­ney’s of­fice va­cated, it will be filled by an ap­point­ment by Kemp, with that ap­pointee keep­ing the seat for the re­main­der of Reynolds’ term, which ex­pires at the end of 2020, ac­cord­ing to Ja­nine Eveler of Cobb Elec­tions.

No ap­pointee had been named by the Kemp ad­min­is­tra­tion as of the start of the month. Reynolds’ of­fice has two sec­ond-in-com­mands: Jesse Evans and John Melvin, both of whom are chief as­sis­tant district at­tor­neys, Isaza said.

“Vic Reynolds is a coura­geous leader with un­matched ex­pe­ri­ence,” Kemp said in a state­ment. “As district at­tor­ney, Vic led ef­forts to dis­man­tle gangs and pro­tect lo­cal fam­i­lies from crime and vi­o­lence. As GBI direc­tor, he will work around the clock to en­sure a safer, stronger Ge­or­gia.”

A former po­lice of­fi­cer, chief mag­is­trate judge, pros­e­cu­tor and crim­i­nal de­fense at­tor­ney, Reynolds won the Repub­li­can pri­mary for district at­tor­ney of the Cobb Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit in 2012, and he won the of­fice with­out op­po­si­tion in that year’s gen­eral elec­tion. He ran un­op­posed for re­elec­tion in 2016.

“I am deeply hon­ored Gov­er­nor Kemp has ap­pointed me to be the direc­tor of the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion. I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing my ser­vice along­side ded­i­cated law en­force­ment pro­fes­sion­als from all across our state,” Reynolds said in a Fri­day news re­lease. “Our top pri­or­ity from day one will be to en­sure a safer, stronger Ge­or­gia.”

Reynolds had been an early sup­porter of Kemp in last year’s Repub­li­can gu­ber­na­to­rial pri­mary be­fore the lat­ter’s runoff vic­tory against Lt. Gov. Casey Ca­gle.

When Kemp un­veiled his plan to com­bat street gangs dur­ing an April press con­fer­ence on Ma­ri­etta Square, Reynolds was at his side. Af­ter Kemp’s elec­tion, Reynolds was ap­pointed to his tran­si­tion team, as­signed to the gov­ern­men­tal re­la­tions sub­com­mit­tee.

Reynolds will re­place Scott Dutton, whom out­go­ing Gov. Nathan Deal ap­pointed as in­terim direc­tor on Jan. 1 of this year fol­low­ing the Dec. 31 re­tire­ment of Vernon Keenan. Keenan was ap­pointed GBI direc­tor by then-Gov.-elect Sonny Per­due in 2003 and held the job for nearly 16 years through both the Per­due and Deal ad­min­is­tra­tions.

Born and raised in Rome, Reynolds is a 1975 grad­u­ate of Model High School in Floyd County. In 1979 he earned a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in Crim­i­nal Jus­tice from Ge­or­gia South­ern Univer­sity, in States­boro.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, Reynolds re­turned to Rome, where he was in law en­force­ment for four years. In 1986, he grad­u­ated from law school at Ge­or­gia State Univer­sity and be­gan pros­e­cut­ing felony cases as an as­sis­tant district at­tor­ney in Ful­ton and Cobb coun­ties.

He was a pros­e­cu­tor in Cobb when he was ap­pointed as chief mag­is­trate in 1994 be­fore elected to a full term in 1996. As chief mag­is­trate, his du­ties in­cluded pre­sid­ing over the Cobb County Drug Court. He left the bench in 1999 and be­gan prac­tic­ing crim­i­nal-de­fense law.

As he fin­ished his first term as Cobb’s district at­tor­ney in late 2016, he was named the Ma­ri­etta Cit­i­zen of the Year by the Ma­ri­etta Area Coun­cil, a sub­set of the Cobb Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Reynolds and his wife of over 30 years, Holly, have two daugh­ters.

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