Meg Daly Heap - District Attorney  

EXPERIENCE

Sworn in as District Attorney in January 2013

Solo Practitioner December 2011 to December 2012

Attorney at Metts Law Firm August 2011 to December 2011
West Congress Street, Savannah, Georgia

Staff Attorney September 2010 to July 2011
Judge Penny Freesemann
Superior Court of Chatham County
Savannah, Georgia

Chief Assistant District Attorney January 2009 to August 2010
Eastern Judicial Circuit
District Attorney’s Office, Chatham County
Savannah, Georgia

Assistant District Attorney July 1995 to December 2008
Eastern Judicial Circuit
District Attorney’s Office, Chatham County
Savannah, Georgia

December 2005: Assigned to prosecute the abuse of the elderly and disabled adults. The position was the first elder abuse prosecutor in the State. Duties also included education for the community and law enforcement. Previously assigned to the Superior Court Division prosecuting felonies. From 1995 to 1997. Also assigned to the State Court Division prosecuting misdemeanors.

Assistant District Attorney June 1, 1992 to July 30, 1995
Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit
District Attorney's Office, Cherokee County
Canton, Georgia

Prosecuted felonies in the Superior and Juvenile Courts and handled civil condemnations. Offenses ranged from murder, child molestation, to burglaries, thefts and any other offense where the overall needs of the office dictated.

Volunteer Coordinator July 1986 to August 1989

Victim Advocate

Victim-Witness Assistance Program, Savannah, Georgia

Recruited and trained volunteers in Chatham County to work with victims of crime through our court system.

Volunteer coordinator of the year for Chatham County in 1988. Worked with victims of crime in coordination with DA’s Office.

Career Highlights

  • September 2005: Presenter at clergy training “Ministering to Vulnerable Populations: Child and Elder Abuse”
  • September of 2005: Presenter clergy training seminar called “Ministering to Vulnerable Populations: Child and Elder Abuse.”
  • December 2005: attended the National Triad Training Symposium in Tunica Mississippi.
  • March 2006: Presenter at the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center Area Agency on Aging: Issue: Elder Abuse (Richmond Hill, G.)
  • April 2006: Adult Protective Services Statewide Seminar - prosecuting elder abuse. Skilled to Build: Shaping and Enhancing Services to Protect Georgia’s Vulnerable Adults
  • April 2006: Presenter at the statewide Adult Protective Services Seminar
  • April 2006: Presenter at First Baptist Church “Classics”, group of seniors on the issue of elder abuse
  • May 2006: Presenter at a training sponsored by the Greater Savannah Coalition on Aging for professionals who work with elder or disabled adults.
  • May 2006: Presenter on elder abuse at Consumer College, a training symposium for elderly citizens.
  • May 2006: Greater Savannah Coalition on Aging: Adult abuse prosecution in Chatham County
  • May to June 2006: Presented training for law enforcement officers of Port Wentworth, Tybee Island and Savannah Chatham Metro PDs highlighting elder abuse law
  • June 2006: Training presenter for emergency room nurses for Memorial Medical Center- elder abuse warning signs, prevention and protection
  • September 2006: Presenter Smart Seniors at Candler Hospital - the issues of elder abuse
  • September 2006: Elder abuse to Georgia Recreation and Park Assoc.
  • October 2006 - Presenter at Tara Nursing Home - training of staff
  • October 2006: Presenter at Ga. Commission on Domestic Violence - best practices: redefining best practices through the survivor’s eyes
  • June 2007 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - Brunswick for the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center
  • August 2007: Statewide Ga. IAFN
  • Year of 2008: Presented a 2 hour block of instruction bi-weekly to officers with the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department
  • Spring 2008: Article on in Georgia Generations - Scams that target seniors
  • March 2008: Ludowici Police Department - training on elder abuse
  • April 2008: Elder Abuse Conference (Valdosta State University)
  • April 2008: Consumer College (SALT) elder abuse and exploitation
  • July 2008: Presenter for the Coalition on Aging
  • August 2008: Presenter at the Utah Municipal Prosecutors on the issues of elder abuse
  • August 2010: Collaborated with Department of Homeland Defense in drafting a curriculum for training law enforcement on Native American lands on the issue of domestic violence.
Member of
  • Greater Savannah Coalition of Aging
  • Elder Abuse Multi-disciplinary Team
  • Adult Services Advisory Council
  • S.A.L.T. Council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together)
  • Senior Medicare Patrol Advisory Council
  • Advisory Council for the State Long-term Care Ombudsmen Program
  • Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center, Board of Directors

Executive Leadership Team  

Greg McConnell
Chief Assistant District Attorney

Greg McConnell has been in law enforcement since 1976. He has served as a police officer in Cobb County, GA, and as a prosecutor since 1984. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in Chatham County from 1986 – 2008 when he was promoted to Deputy Chief Assistant of the Special Victim’s Unit.

Mr. McConnell began the Chatham County Child Abuse Division in 1988 under the leadership of District Attorney, Spencer Lawton. He has prosecuted in excess of 1,480 cases of child sexual abuse, more than 30 child murder cases, and more than 325 Registered Sex Offender cases. He was selected as Assistant District Attorney of the Year in 1992, recognized for his outstanding contributions toward the Basic Litigation training for new prosecutors in 1993, served as President of the Board of Directors, Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center from 1993-1994, received the “J. Roger Thompson Annual Award” for public service and teaching excellence in 1996, received the “Community Service Award” by the Savannah Bar Association in 1997; received the “Professional Leadership Award” by the National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers in Washington, D.C. in 1998, served as Chairman of the Chatham County Child Abuse Protocol Committee / Child Fatality Review Sub-Committee from 1990 - 2001, and served as a founding faculty member of “Finding Words”, a forensic interviewing course for child victims from 2003 – 2010. He has lectured extensively on the topic of child sexual abuse.

Mr. McConnell supervises the Superior Court Division and the Criminal Investigations Division. He received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University, attended the Masters program in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law.

   

Tom Cerbone
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney
Early Intervention Program

Tom Cerbone is the Deputy Chief of the Early Intervention Program. The EIP Program assists law enforcement agencies in the early stages of their investigations of major criminal cases in order to help resolve a significant number of Chatham County’s felony cases in a relatively short time after their inception. Initially only a program, it was reorganized into an entire Division by District Attorney Chisolm in 2009 to great success and has saved the taxpayers of Chatham County millions of dollars in jail costs.

Tom Joined the DA’s office in 1990 as a prosecutor for the Early Intervention Program. In 1993, he was assigned to Judge Brannan’s Trial Team and in 1997 he served five years with the Counter Narcotics Team handling drug prosecution in Chatham County. He then went on to serve ten years as a Superior Court ADA on Judge Abbot’s Trial Team. Tom graduated from Saint Leo College in Saint Leo, Florida in 1978 with a BA degree in Political Science and received his Law Degree from Atlanta Law School in 1981.

   

Andre Pretorius
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney - State Court

Andre came to the District Attorney’s Office in early 2013. Prior to arriving at the DA’s office, he was a Senior Trial Attorney in the Hall County Solicitor General’s Office. He graduated from John Marshall Law School with a Juris Doctorate in 2008 and also passed the Georgia Bar the same year. Prior to law school, he graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Andre was honored with the Award from the Georgia Association of Solicitors General as the Assistant Solicitor General of the Year 2012.

   

Diane McLeod
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney
Juvenile Court

Diane leads the Juvenile Court division and supervises two attorneys who prosecute felony and misdemeanor cases involving juveniles, as well as cases truancy, runaway and other ungovernable offenses by juveniles.

Diane brings 17 years of experience to the Chatham County District Attorney's office.  Prior to joining the DA's office she was in private practice.  While in private practice, she served as a  judge pro-tem for the Chatham County Recorder's Court for more than 12 years and represented the Chatham County Board of Assessors for more than 10 years.  

Diane earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Armstrong-Atlantic State University and a juris doctorate degree from Georgia State University. She has a certificate of Training from the Georgia Municipal Courts Training Council. Diane is a member of the Savannah Bar Association and was awarded the association’s Pro Bono Award in 1999 and the Robbie Robinson Award in 2001. She is a native of Savannah.

   

John S. Strickland
Chief Investigator

Eastern Judicial Circuit/Chatham County, Georgia

John is currently the Chief Investigator for the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office where he has been employed since 1994 after serving as an advanced Deputy Sheriff with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Enforcement Bureau for five years.

John was appointed to Interim Chief Investigator in November 2010. Prior to that Strickland held the position of Criminal Investigator III, since 2008.

John graduated from Savannah State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management.

 

   

Cheryl Rogers
Director - Victim/Witness Assistance Program

Cheryl, a 28 year employee with Chatham County, became the Director of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program in 2011. Prior her promotion as Director, she also served as the program’s Assistant Director for four years.

Cheryl has been a victim advocate for both Superior and State Courts and is very passionate about the plight of victims in Chatham County. She has assisted thousands of victims and witnesses through the years with support to over 100 families of murdered victims. She has been an advocate for victims rights through legislation with the then Georgians for Victims Justice statewide program and participated in trainings of new and seasoned victim advocates such as:  Advocacy in Action, Victim Service Trainings, Teambuilding Workshops, Assisting Victims through Crisis and Trauma. She oversees a staff of 9 Victim Advocates in Superior, State and Juvenile Courts and a part time Administrative Assistant. The Chatham County VWAP was the first comprehensive program of its kind in the State of Georgia and has been a model program for other counties in Georgia over the years.

   

David Lowe
Director
Office of Child Support Services

David is the Director of Child Support Services in Chatham County.  He leads 42 full time and six part-time employees who are responsible for the establishment, enforcement and collection of child support in Chatham County.

David is a retired Army Officer who commanded two Military Police Companies - one in the United States and one in Korea.

Additional assignments include duties as an instructor/subject matter expert at the U. S. Army Military Police School in the areas of Physical Security/Counterterrorism.  In that assignment he wrote Field Circular FC 19-31 Military Police Security for Special Weapons.  He also served as a member of a General Officer Assessment Team that inspected U. S. Army Special Weapons Storage Areas.

Later assignments include duty as the Deputy Provost Marshal of the 24th Infantry Division, Inspector General for the Southern Region of Germany and Provost Marshal of the New York Area Command. He retired as the Deputy Commander, New York Area Command, New York City, NY.

His military awards include 4 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 Army Commendation Medals, 4 Army Achievement Medals and numerous Overseas Ribbons.

David assumed duties as the Director of the Office of Child Support for Chatham County in 1995.

Since 1995, child support collections in Chatham County have increased 233% to 30.67 million dollars. Chatham County Child Support was recognized as an Outstanding Office by the National Child Support Enforcement Association.

David has a B. S. and M. S. in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University.

 

   
 

Kristin Fulford
Public Information Officer

Kristin joined the District Attorney’s office in April 2014. She has been working in public/community relations and the media for over two decades.  Immediately prior to coming to the District Attorney’s office, she worked for U.S. Congressman John Barrow as the Director of Constituent Outreach for over nine years. In that position, Kristin was responsible for a caseload of over 100 cases while managing the outreach program in all 19 counties of Georgia’s 12th Congressional District -- including the planning of numerous job fairs, Town Hall meetings, health fairs and other events.

A former television and radio reporter, Kristin has worked in media markets in Louisiana, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Kristin has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina and a M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

 

   

Gloria Saugh
Admin Support Services

Gloria joined the District Attorney’s Office in June 2013 as Administrative Support Services Manager. Prior to arriving at the DA’s Office, Gloria held the position of Senior Budget & Management Analyst with the Chatham County Commission for 5 years. She has also held positions with Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), Altrus, Inc. and Savannah Technical College. She received her Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Savannah Technical College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from American Inter-Continental University in Schaumbury, Illinois.




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