Endorsements

Endorsements

Cherokee County Solicitor General Jessica Moss announced Monday she will not seek re-election and will retire at the end of 2018 while supporting the candidacy of Chief Assistant Solicitor General Todd Hayes to take over her position.

Hayes officially announced his intentions Monday to run for the position in the 2018 primary and general elections.  “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Cherokee County as their chief assistant solicitor over the past two years,” said Hayes. “I am proud of the office I have helped Solicitor General Moss build, and am committed to continuing the important work of seeking justice and protecting the rights of every Cherokee County resident.”

Moss said Monday she would support Hayes in his run for the position. Hayes has more than 14 years of experience, which will be invaluable in managing the increasing caseload that will come with the growth, she said.  “An elected prosecutor should seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly,” she said. “I believe Todd will do just that.”

Candidate Receives Endorsement From Fraternal Order Of Police

CANTON, GA — Cherokee County Chief Assistant Solicitor-General Todd Hayes has received the endorsement from the Kermit C. Sanders Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #13 in his bid to become the county’s next solicitor general, the candidate said in a press release.

With a membership in excess of 600 active and retired law enforcement officers, the Sanders Lodge is the largest Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Georgia, and serves police in the North Metro Atlanta area —including Cherokee County. Members of the Lodge voted to endorse Hayes following their Feb. 7 meeting at which he and his opponent presented different views of the role of the solicitor general in promoting public safety in the county.

“I am deeply humbled by the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police,” said Hayes. “Solicitors general can only be successful when they work hand-in-hand with the law enforcement agencies in their community, and I have done all I can to build positive relationships with all of the deputies, officers and troopers that serve in Cherokee. The fact that they have placed their confidence in me by deciding to stand behind me in this race is incredibly moving.”

Hayes, a career prosecutor with 15 years of experience, has a long history of training and supporting the efforts of law enforcement officers in Cherokee County and across Georgia. He frequently instructs new officers training to receive their peace officer certification at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (and its regional divisions) on how to effectively testify in court.

During his five-year tenure at the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, he instructed thousands of police officers in every corner of the state on cutting-edge approaches to impaired driving enforcement and traffic safety techniques. Hayes states that building and maintaining a close partnership with police is a primary goal he will vigorously pursue as Cherokee’s next solicitor-general.

Sanders Lodge President and State Lodge Secretary Steven T. Gaynor, a retired Cobb police sergeant, described Hayes’ presentation to the lodge on Feb. 7 as “outstanding.” In a Facebook post announcing the endorsement to the group, Gaynor encouraged Lodge members living in Cherokee County to consider voting for Hayes based on his experience and the support of retiring Cherokee Solicitor-General Jessica Moss. Moss announced last year that she will not seek re-election and she will support Hayes in his bid to replace her.

Citation Patch – February 21 2018

Barry Morgan Endorses Todd Heyes

Barry Morgan Cobb County Solicitor General

I am honored to support Todd Hayes for Cherokee County Solicitor-General. Todd worked as a valued member of my office as an assistant solicitor for several years, leaving only to take a state-wide position with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council. There, he took what he learned in the courtroom and taught both prosecutors and police officers across the State of Georgia how to lawfully conduct and successfully prosecute DUI and other traffic-related investigations. He is a tireless advocate for victims of violence and the police who serve the citizens of Cherokee County, while always protecting the rights enumerated in the Constitution of the United States, and the State of Georgia. He has come home to Cherokee County to protect its citizens, and I fully endorse his efforts to become Cherokee County Solicitor-General.

Shannon Wallace, Cherokee County District Attorney

Since meeting Todd in 1999 at the University of Georgia School of Law, I have seen firsthand his work ethic and dedication to our profession and to our community. He has a public servant’s heart and all of the qualities of a true leader. Todd is a true expert in the area of traffic crimes and I have personally relied on his expertise in this area of the law over the years.

There is a clear difference in this race. Cherokee County deserves a Solicitor-General we can trust to effectively prosecute those who break the law, and Todd Hayes is exactly what we need. It is my privilege to support his candidacy for this office.

Buster Cushing

Cherokee County’s top law enforcement officials support Todd Hayes to become our next Solicitor-General. Take Buster Cushing. Buster began his law enforcement career as an Early County Sheriff’s Deputy in 1996. Since then he has served in a variety of law enforcement capacities, including as a supervising narcotics agent, a patrol shift supervisor, a precinct commander, an internal affairs supervisor, and a criminal investigator. He’s invested in Cherokee County, and he knows what it means for our prosecutors to work in partnership with our police. That’s why he supports Todd Hayes. Todd has worked with Buster to create a productive, purposeful relationship between our Solicitor-General’s office and law enforcement in order to keep Cherokee County safe. Join Buster and Cherokee’s other leading law enforcement professionals by supporting Todd Hayes for Cherokee County Solicitor-General.

Ken Locke

Cherokee County’s top law enforcement officials support Todd Hayes to become our next Solicitor-General. Take Ken Locke. Ken began his law enforcement career as a patrolman for the City of Acworth in 1986, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 213th Session. He holds a Master’s degree in public administration, and has been trained by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Ken has served our community in many ways, including as a detention officer, a patrol officer, a criminal investigator, and as a court services officer. Ken sees prosecutors at work in our courtrooms every day, and he knows how important it is to have an experienced, proven leader as our elected Solicitor-General. That’s why he supports Todd Hayes. Ken has seen Todd fight hard to protect victims of violent crime and keep our streets clear of impaired drivers. Join Ken and Cherokee’s other leading law enforcement professionals by supporting Todd Hayes for Cherokee County Solicitor-General.

Bill Smith

Cherokee County’s top law enforcement officials support Todd Hayes to become our next Solicitor-General. Take Bill Smith. Bill began his law enforcement career as a detention officer in 1999, and now holds two Masters’ degrees in Criminal Justice and Public Administration. He is also a graduate of Class #257 of the FBI National Academy. Bill has served in a variety of law enforcement capacities, including time as a detention training officer, a patrol officer, a field training officer, a warrant/civil service officer, a SWAT commander, a narcotics agent, and a training specialist. He’s protected Cherokee County in one way or another for almost two decades, and he knows the importance of working alongside prosecutors to get the best results for the community he loves. That’s why he supports Todd Hayes. Todd has worked with Bill to ensure that detention services are utilized fairly and appropriately for misdemeanor offenders. Join Bill and Cherokee’s other leading law enforcement professionals by supporting Todd Hayes for Cherokee County Solicitor-General.

Tommy Pinyan

Cherokee County’s top law enforcement officials support Todd Hayes to become our next Solicitor-General. Take Tommy Pinyan. Tommy is a lifelong resident of Cherokee County, and began his law enforcement career as a detention officer in 1994. Since then he has served in a variety of leadership capacities, including as a precinct commander, a K-9 unit commander, a criminal investigation commander, a narcotics agent, and an internal affairs supervisor. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session # 266. Tommy knows that the man-hours criminal investigators put in are wasted when prosecutors substitute their personal opinions for the hard evidence obtained by good policework. That’s why he supports Todd Hayes. Tommy knows that Todd doesn’t run away from prosecuting difficult cases, and that he will do the right thing in every case—even if it’s hard. Join Tommy and Cherokee’s other leading law enforcement professionals by supporting Todd Hayes for Cherokee County Solicitor-General.

 John New

Cherokee County’s top law enforcement officials support Todd Hayes to become our next Solicitor-General. Take John New. John began his law enforcement career as a dispatch officer in 1993, and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 261st Session. John has served in a variety of law enforcement capacities, including time as a detention officer, a patrol officer, a narcotics agent, and a SWAT Team commander. He’s also supervised some highly specialized law enforcement units, including aggressive traffic enforcement, K9 enforcement, motorcycle operations, hostage negotiations, and warrant service operations. John knows the ins-and-outs of effective police work from the ground up, and he knows that the work officers do on our streets deserves to be presented in court by prosecutors who respect the risks they take for our community. That’s why he supports Todd Hayes. John knows that Todd understands the work officers do because he has helped to train so many of them. Join John and Cherokee’s other leading law enforcement professionals by supporting Todd Hayes for Cherokee County Solicitor-General.

Michael Carswell

Cherokee County’s top law enforcement officials support Todd Hayes to become our next Solicitor-General. Take Michael Carswell. Michael began his career in public safety in 1983. During his years as an officer, he has managed and supervised both SWAT and critical response teams, supervised field operations for narcotics officers, and served as a field training officer. He is a member of the 132nd Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course, a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, and holds a masters degree in Public Administration from Columbus State Universty. Michael joined Cherokee’s law enforcement community in 2009, and has been honored by his peers for his leadership skills and ability to motivate others to excel. Michael understands what it takes to be a leader because he is a leader. He works hard to make certain that his fellow officers have the tools they need to succeed and to keep our community safe. That’s why he supports Todd Hayes. Michael recognizes that Todd is also a leader, and that—much like Michael himself—he is committed to keeping our County’s prosecutors equipped and motivated to succeed in the courtroom. Join Michael and Cherokee’s other leading law enforcement professionals by supporting Todd Hayes for Cherokee County Solicitor-General.

Garry Moss,  retired Cherokee County District Attorney

Todd Hayes has served the citizens of Georgia well for the last fifteen years. Few other prosecutors know misdemeanor prosecution as well as he does. He works hard, he always strives to do the right thing, and he’s a great example for younger prosecutors.

There is a real difference in this race. Cherokee County needs a Solicitor-General with the depth of experience to do the job, and Todd Hayes is the only candidate that has it.

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