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January 17, 2014

New faces

Baldwin gets new assistant DAs

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Baldwin County hub of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office has new blood.

Shifting amongst eight counties in the criminal felony and misdemeanor circuit including Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam and Wilkinson opened up slots for two assistant district attorneys (ADAs).

Leonard Myers, 47, and Skye Gess, 26, are just settling into the Baldwin County courthouse this month.

“We’re expanding the Baldwin office,” District Attorney Fred Bright said. “We’ve got a lot of new faces.”

Baldwin has four ADA positions under Bright. Chief Assistant District Attorney Stephen Bradley serves with Myers and Gess.

Former ADA Chase Guerin is departing to join his wife’s private practice in Macon, leaving the county with one of 12-funded state paid Adult Treatment Court Collaborative (ATCC) prosecutor slots to fill. Guerin spent a portion of his efforts in ATCC with the other spent on a regular circuit case load.

Bright said interviews should wrap up in a month or so.

Myers, a Mercer Law grad, has 17 years of law experience the last four of which came as a Jones County public defender. 

The legal world runs in the family for Myers, as both a sister and brother-in-law practice in Macon.

Five years of United States Navy service leaned the new ADA toward undergraduate law study at the University of Georgia.

“I wanted to be in a courtroom,” he said. “I tell the preacher side of my family that I have a 12-member congregation. That’s where I belong.”

Myers described a comfort level coming back to a district attorney environment.

A fellow Mercer Law student, Gess, made her way to the Ocmulgee Circuit through the Coweta Circuit. She passed the bar in November 2012.

Gess completed a clerkship under Judge John Simpson. 

“My fiancée bought a farm in Sparta. This just kind of all fell into place,” Gess said.

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