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District attorney to retire May 31

Special to SEGAZINE

The Brantley Enterprise has learned that District Attorney Rick Currie plans to retire May 31.

The district attorney made the announcement in an email to the Enterprise Friday. The full text of that announcement is included below:

“I first became a prosecutor in May 1981 when I was hired by then District Attorney C. Deen Strickland. I continued as an assistant district attorney when Donnie Dixon became DA in January 1983. I had the pleasure of working for and learning from both of them.

“In March 1994, I was appointed District Attorney of the Waycross Judicial Circuit by Governor Zell Miller to fill the unexpired term of Donnie Dixon who had been appointed to be US Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. I later won a contested election in July 1994 for my first full term. I have been honored by running unopposed for office in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.

“I have also had the pleasure of serving my fellow district attorneys as President of the District Attorneys Association and, for the last four years, as Council Member of the Prosecuting Attorneys Council (our governing body). I was also appointed last year by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.

“As an active trial attorney, I fully understand that the duties and demands of District Attorney do not allow me to satisfy everyone. However, I have dedicated most of my adult life to being the best District Attorney and prosecutor I can be, fully believing that my hard work and sacrifice will and does make a difference, and trying to make ours a better and safer community.

“It has been my utmost pleasure to serve the citizens of the Waycross Judicial Circuit as your District Attorney. I do not know exactly what lies in my future but it is my sincerest hope to continue to serve the good citizens of this circuit and this great state.

It is not clear who will take Currie’s place, but assistant district attorney George Barnhill’s name has been mentioned, though not by Currie.

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