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.”
In 2015, Hayes joined Moss as Cherokee’s chief assistant solicitor general, where he supervises three teams of trial attorneys and oversees office operations at the direction of the solicitor general.
Prior to joining the Cherokee Solicitor General’s office, Hayes had served Forsyth and Cobb counties as an assistant solicitor general, according to a release.
He spent five years at the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia serving as Georgia’s senior traffic safety resource prosecutor, where he was responsible for providing legal aid and training for Georgia prosecutors and law enforcement officers tasked with enforcing the State’s traffic code.
He continues to serve on the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s Impaired Driving Task Team.
He is a member of the Rotary Club of Canton, the Canton Optimist Club and participated with the Service League of Cherokee County as a “celebrity” dancer in their 2017 “Dancing for the Children” fundraiser. He lives in the Macedonia community with his wife Sara and their five children, Clark, Alex, Ella, Walker and Olivia. They attend the First Baptist Church of Atlanta, where Hayes is active in the choir and serves as a deacon.
Hayes received his undergraduate history degree, his master’s in business administration and his law degree from the University of Georgia.
Moss has served as the county’s solicitor general since 2012, when she was sworn in by Gov. Nathan Deal. She was appointed to fill the solicitor general vacancy left by Superior Court judge David Cannon Jr., who was elected in the Republican primary in July 2012 to fill the seat of retiring Superior Court judge Frank C. Mills III.
Upon her retirement, Moss will have served as a prosecutor for more than 32 years, having handled both felony and misdemeanor cases in her career, ranging from fishing without a trout stamp to death penalty murder.
“It has been my honor and privilege to serve as Cherokee County’s solicitor general,” she said in a statement. “I believe that career prosecution is a calling and that God led me to it those many years ago when I began my career in the District Attorney’s office in Hall County. I have been blessed to work with wonderful people along the way and I thank God for them and the gifts they have brought into my life. I am thankful to God for the many opportunities He has given me throughout my life and I am looking forward to this next chapter.”
Citation Tribune Ledger News – August 30 2017