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File #: 2020-1638    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Action
File created: 12/16/2020 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 2/23/2021 Final action: 2/23/2021
Title: Commission District(s): all Creation of a Director and Deputy Director of Operations and Special Projects in the District Attorney's Office

Public Hearing: YES ? NO ? Department: District Attorney

SUBJECT:
Title
Commission District(s): all
Creation of a Director and Deputy Director of Operations and Special Projects in the District Attorney's Office
Body
Information Contact: Sherry Boston or Roz Harris
Phone Number: 770-294-0369

PURPOSE:
To consider the creation of two Operations and Special Projects positions in the District Attorney's Office; and

To authorize the Chief Executive Officer to execute any necessary documents.

NEED/IMPACT:
On March 14, 2020, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton issued his first Statewide Judicial Emergency in response to the spread of COVID 19, which eliminated all in-person hearings, jury trials, and the empaneling of a Grand Jury. It further required that all essential functions be conducted remotely through video conferencing or some other mechanism. To comply with the order and to protect her entire staff, the District Attorney immediately moved to fully remote operations, a massive task which became the responsibility of a Deputy Chief Investigator to facilitate. As the Judicial Emergency was extended, the Investigator's workload again expanded to include the responsibility of establishing automated processes to allow essential court functions to continue, which required constant and specialized coordination with the Court, Superior Court Clerk's Office, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, DeKalb County DoIT, and outside vendors, allowing for hearings and to occur, and in a manner that ensured the safety of the employees of the District Attorney's Office and the citizens of DeKalb County.

Prior to the pandemic, the Investigator, in addition to working up complicated cases, was already tasked with special projects oversight, specifically the day to day management of Odyssey, the court management system, as well as the supervision of a twenty-seven employee administrative team. ...

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