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Dougherty County District Attorney

Gregory W. Edwards

Greg Edwards is the District Attorney for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit after being so elected by the citizens of Dougherty County on November 4, 2008. He was sworn in on January 2, 2009. He is the first African-American to serve as the District Attorney for Albany. He had served as Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit since July 1995. Edwards has practiced law since 1983. His legal career began with the Georgia Legal Services Program in 1984. In 1989 he entered private practice and in 1990, he was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney. He has also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.

A 1979 graduate of Albany State University, Edwards received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Political Science. He earned his law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 1983. He is a 1989 graduate of Leadership Albany and a 2003 graduate of Leadership Georgia. Greg Edwards is a member of the Albany Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, the Albany Rotary Club, and the Criterion Club of Albany. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Albany Dougherty Community Partnership for Education, and of the Albany ARC; he serves as member of the Parental Advisory Council of the Dougherty Co. Health Department. He serves as the Co-chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Hines Memorial CME Church of Albany and he has served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia District of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Among many distinguished honors, he is the recipient of the Dedicated Board Member Service award for the ARC (Albany Advocacy Resource Center). He has also received the 2007 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Community Service Award. Greg Edwards is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, and the Lawyer's Foundation of Georgia. He is the immediate past president of the C.B. King Bar Association, has been a member of the Georgia Alliance of African American Attorneys. He is a member of the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia, and he has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Legal Services Program. He has also served as an instructor for the National College of District Attorneys at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, SC. He is a past president of the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association serving from 2007-2008. In July 2006 he was named the Georgia State Prosecuting Attorney Council's “Assistant District Attorney of the Year”. He was selected from among over 1200 prosecutors in the state who are eligible to receive this annual recognition and was its first African-American recipient. As a result of high peer recognition and professional achievement, he was also named a Georgia “Super Lawyer” for 2006-2007 by Atlanta Magazine. In May 2008 he received the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee’s “Eagle Award” as an advocate for the rights of victims within the judicial system. In January 2010 he received the Albany Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration “Dream Award for Community Service” and in March 2011 he was presented with the “Ruth T. Kimbrough Distinguished Service Award” for community service by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

He is married to Regina, formerly Regina Boyd of Macon, who is a self-employed cosmetologist, and they have one son, Gregory W. Edwards, Jr.

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