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DA Deborah Gonzalez Holds Town Hall Meeting

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District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez held a Town Hall open to community members Wednesday evening. The hour-long event allowed residents to hear first-hand from the head of the Western Judicial Circuit. Gonzalez says she wants to increase transparency in the office.

“I want to make sure that if people have questions, they have a way to ask their district attorney because I think there’s still so much that about the system, about the job that we’re doing, about what changes are happening,” according to Gonzalez.

The DA spoke on a variety of topics.

“Most of these are long-term projects. We’ve never had an opportunity to have a data portal, we are working with a company called Luminosity. They are working with us pro bono to be able to create these data dashboards.” In addition, her office is seeing a reorganization of staffing.

“Another one has been restructuring the office. The other thing that we have been able to do is restructure our Juvenile Justice division.”

She also discussed the latest in the effort to separate Clarke and Oconee counties in the circuit, a move that could see the counties merge with Newton and Walton counties.

"...which means that we would lose our local autonomy."

“My concern with that is these are two metro Atlanta counties, they have over 200,000 people in population,” Gonzalez said. “Between Athens and Oconee counties we about 170,000 only.”   

Gonzalez could not comment on pending cases or personnel matters. She would like to hold similar Town Hall events in the future.

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