District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr.
Currently serving his sixth term as Fulton County District Attorney, Paul L. Howard, Jr. is a visionary and trailblazer whose innovative ideas have left an indelible mark on the local justice system and the community at large.
Mr. Howard first assumed the Office of Fulton County District Attorney in January 1997—becoming the first African-American to be elected District Attorney in the State of Georgia. He succeeded Lewis Slaton, who held this position for 31 years. Prior to being elected District Attorney, Mr. Howard had served as Fulton County’s Solicitor General for four years.
Paul Howard is a native of Midville, Georgia. He is married to Petrina Howard and has three children.
During his tenure as District Attorney, Mr. Howard has achieved a wide range of ambitious goals, transforming the DA’s Office and revolutionizing the county criminal justice system in the process. Some highlights include the top-to-bottom administrative restructuring of an antiquated office, featuring the installation of Deputy District Attorneys who provide day-to-day supervision of the Office’s divisions; the creation of specialized prosecution units, including Major Felony, Crimes Against Women & Children, White Collar Crime, the Multi-Agency Cold Case Squad, Public Integrity and the Trial Division. Additionally, Mr. Howard has established the Fulton County “Complaint Room” and, with it, has implemented a front-end case screening operation that has streamlined and expedited the felony charging process- a change that is saving the county millions of dollars in jail housing costs annually.
Mr. Howard’s innovative ideas extended beyond the courthouse to the community with the advent of “Community Prosecution,” a concept that strategically places Assistant District Attorneys in satellite offices throughout the County. Under the Community Prosecution umbrella, Mr. Howard has implemented several successful initiatives over the years, including the widely popular Citizens’ CourtWatch program. Implemented in 2004, the grass-roots program serves as a vehicle for community engagement in the criminal justice system. As Community Prosecutors track repeat offenders and cases of interest in their respective communities, citizens are kept abreast of pending cases and are invited to observe and participate (at the Court’s discretion) in judicial proceedings. Neighborhood Fresh Start and the Multi-Jurisdictional Burglary Task Force are other notable Community Prosecution efforts.
District Attorney Howard also has a passion for youth and creating programs that address their needs in unique and positive ways. Among his collection of youth initiatives are the Junior District Attorney and Project Legal Livesprograms. Each offers elementary and middle school students hands-on lessons in civics and law. The Perkerson Reading Program, Partnership for Perfect Attendance, Project Turn Around and Teen Court round out the list of other key youth programs implemented during Mr. Howard’s tenure.
Solicitor General Keith E. Gammage
Driven by a spirit of public service, Keith E. Gammage is the Solicitor General for Fulton County, Georgia’s largest and most populous county. The Solicitor General’s Office prosecutes misdemeanor cases and violations of the county code in both the State and Magistrate Court. These include crimes such as simple battery, cruelty to children, driving under the influence, stalking, elder abuse, criminal trespass, and animal cruelty. Solicitor General Gammage believes the most important role of a prosecutor is to truly seek justice, which often means finding alternatives to incarceration such as using the law to encourage education and job skills. Mr. Gammage has been recognized for his work in reducing the school to prison pipeline, and has been a trail blazer in working to reduce domestic violence, elder abuse, and high school drop-out rates.
Prior to taking office, Mr. Gammage served for several years as Chief Assistant Solicitor General, first in command under the elected Solicitor General, in a major metropolitan Atlanta county. Solicitor General Gammage is a proven leader who has maintained an active caseload and has achieved greater than a ninety percent conviction rate over the course of his career as a prosecutor. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Mr. Gammage served as an Assistant Public Defender in Fulton County where he zealously protected the constitutional rights of thousands of Georgians. Excelling as both a defense attorney and prosecutor has afforded Mr. Gammage a unique perspective into criminal justice reform and forged his approach to “Smart, Fair and Restorative Justice,” a rallying call in his 2016 victory at the polls.
Solicitor General Gammage is a native of Atlanta and graduated from Woodland High School (now known as Tri-Cities High School). Mr. Gammage earned both his undergraduate and law degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is happily married and is an active member of his church.
Rev. Kevin Murriel
The Reverend Doctor Kevin R. Murriel is a biblical scholar and arguably one of the greatest visionaries and orators of this generation. He is a native Mississippian and a 2008 graduate of Jackson State University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration also being named as the 2008 “Student of the Year” for the College of Business. Dr. Murriel received his Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Duke University–also being named by the Dean and doctoral committee as the Degree Marshal of the 2014 doctoral cohort–the youngest person and first African American in the program’s history to receive such a designation. An Elder in Full Connection in the North Georgia Conference, Dr. Murriel formerly served as senior pastor of Cliftondale United Methodist Church in College Park, Georgia.
Dr. Murriel is married to the love of his life, Dr. Ashleigh Murriel, a native of Atlanta, Georgia and they are the proud parents of their daughter, Scarlett Grace. They serve as the executives of The Murriel Foundation, Inc., a 501c(3) non-profit organization committed to developing young leaders from minority populations.
Rev. Ralph Warnock
Since 2005, the Reverend Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock has served as the Senior Pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The son of two Pentecostal pastors, Dr. Warnock responded to the call of ministry at a very early age, and at age 35, became the fifth and the youngest person ever called to the senior pastorate of Ebenezer Baptist Church, founded in 1886. Before coming to EBC, “America’s Freedom Church,” Dr. Warnock was blessed to study and serve within the pastoral ranks of leading congregations also known for their deep spiritual roots and strong public witness. Under Dr. Warnock’s leadership, more than 4,000 new members have joined EBC, enhancing the church’s legacy of social activism with both spiritual and numerical growth.
Dr. Warnock is a graduate of the Leadership Program sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee, a graduate of the Summer Leadership Institute of Harvard University, and a graduate of Leadership Atlanta. Dr. Warnock graduated from Morehouse College cum laude in 1991, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, from which he graduated with honors and distinctions. Seeing his pastoral work as tied to the ministry of scholarship and the life of the mind, Dr. Warnock continued his graduate studies at Union, receiving a Master of Philosophy degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the field of systematic theology.
His first book is entitled, The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety & Public Witness (NYU Press, 2014). Dr. Warnock is married to Mrs. Oulèye Ndoye Warnock and the couple has one daughter, Chloé.
Douglas B. Ammar has been associated with the Georgia Justice Project (GJP) since its inception in 1986 – serving first as a volunteer, then as a staff lawyer in 1990, and, since 1995, as the Executive Director. In 1984, Doug earned his Bachelor’s degree in history from DavidsonCollege and he received his law degree in 1989 from Washington and Lee University.
Doug has received the prestigious Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellowship and a number of other awards including most recently the Elbert P. Tuttle Jurisprudence Award from the Southeastern Anti-Defamation League; The University of Georgia’s Milner S. Ball Working In the Public Interest Lifetime Achievement Award; the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ Evelyn G. Ullman Innovative Leadership Award; Davidson College’s John W. Kuykendall Award for Community Service; and the Georgia Indigent Defense Council’s Commitment to Excellence Award.
Doug is a popular and effective speaker, giving talks that range from a CLE based on the movie “Groundhog Day” to powerful presentations about restorative justice and spirituality in the practice of law. Some of his speaking engagements include: the Restorative Justice Conference, Ministry of Justice Israel; the Focolare Lawyers Conference in Rome, Italy; Meiiji University, Tokyo; the Southeastern Council of Foundations Annual Meeting, the Christian Legal Society’s Annual Meeting; Mercer University School of Law – Law Day Speaker; the Stein Center for Ethics at Fordham University Law School in New York; and the Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council.
Dr. John Eaves
In November, 2014, Dr. John Eaves was elected to his third four-year term as Chairman of the Fulton County Commission receiving 63 percent of the popular vote. Since 2007, he has led the state’s most populous and dynamic county, home to nearly one million residents and 14 municipalities including Georgia’s capitol city of Atlanta.
Chairman Eave’s distinguished career spans the academic and educational sectors, community service and business leadership, both domestically and abroad. His passion for connecting Georgia businesses and entrepreneurs with opportunities abroad is borne out by his efforts to leverage metro Atlanta’s dynamic global economy and standing as the home of the world’s busiest airport.
An international specialist, Chairman Eaves has visited and met with citizens of more than 50 nations around the globe. He received the American Marshall Plan Memorial Fellowship-German Marshall Fund and two Fulbright scholarships. John is also a former National Director of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Volunteer for Youth Program, an administrator at Post College in Connecticut and at Davidson College in North Carolina.
Chairman Eaves has a growing interest in efforts to transform the criminal justice system. In 2014, he established the SMART Justice Advisory Council and joined President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. In 2015, he spearheaded the county’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative and became a leading partner in the White House Data Driven Justice (DDJ) communities. From these combined efforts, meaningful reform will be realized in reducing the jail population, decreasing the rate of recidivism, strengthening alternative sentencing efforts and fostering greater opportunity for at-risk youth.
Chairman Eaves is a 1984 graduate of Morehouse College, where he was a four-year letterman on the football team and captain in his senior year. He earned a Master’s Degree in Religion from Yale University, and obtained his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. When he isn’t working for Fulton County, John stays busy as an Executive Consultant with TalentQuest.
John resides in Atlanta and is the devoted father of two children; Isaac and Keturah.
Roger Wise, Jr.
Roger Wise Jr, has spent his days in retirement likely as busy – or busier – than his days spent in corporate America. A respected civic leader, he is involved in governmental affairs, serves as a national ambassador for Shriners Hospitals and, as a U.S. Army veteran, a strong supporter of the Junior ROTC. Closest to his heart are issues involving veteran’s affairs, education and healthcare for children. Wise is a well-known figure at the State Capitol, as well as city halls across North Fulton. A long-time member of the Roswell Rotary Club, he recently was presented the Builder’s Award from the club for his efforts to rejuvenate the Rotary Club of Johns Creek/North Fulton. Four years ago, the club was down to seven members; today the club has met the 25-member goal and is once again vibrant in the community.