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Dougherty County District Attorney

Gregory W. Edwards

Greg Edwards is the District Attorney for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit after being elected in 2008.  He was re-elected without opposition in 2012 and 2016.  He is the first African-American to serve as the District Attorney for Albany.  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 served as the Chief Assistant District Attorney beginning in 1995 and 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.  He serves presently on the Board of Governors of the Georgia Bar Association.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Albany Civil Rights Institute, he serves as the Co-chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Hines Memorial CME Church of Albany.  He is a member of the Albany Rotary Club and the Criterion Club of Albany. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia District of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He has served with the Albany-Dougherty affiliate of Communities in Schools and the Albany Advocacy Resource Center (ARC) and among many distinguished honors, he is the recipient of the Dedicated Board Member Service award for the ARC.  Greg Edwards is a member of the Lawyer's Foundation of Georgia.   He is a past president of the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association.  He is a past president of the C.B. King Bar Association and 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.  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 were 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.  He also received the 2007 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Community Service Award. 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.  In 2012 he was presented with the “Edward A. Freeman” award as an outstanding alumnus of Leadership Albany.  He served as the President of the District Attorney’s Association of Georgia for 2014-2015.  In March 2016, he was as its first recipient, presented with the “Mattie S. Hill Service Award” as a continuing partner in community service by Sigma Gamma Rho 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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