Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Jessica K. Moss as the Cherokee County solicitor general. Deal made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Moss will serve out the remaining term of former solicitor general David Cannon Jr., which expires in December 2014.
The appointment will become effective once she’s sworn in, which is expected to happen in the coming weeks.
Moss, the wife of retiring Cherokee County District Attorney Garry Moss, said she was “very pleased and honored” to get the appointment.
“I would like to continue the good relationship already established with law enforcement and other agencies,” she said when asked what her plans are when she is sworn in.
Moss added she’d like to settle into the new position before making any concrete plans.
Cannon resigned to run for the Cherokee County Superior Court judge seat that became open when Superior Court Judge Frank Mills announced his plans not to seek re-election.
Moss is currently the Cobb County chief assistant solicitor general, where she has been for almost 15 years.
Cobb Solicitor General Barry Morgan praised Moss and the governor’s decision.
“Certainly we are proud of and proud for Jessica. She has served the citizens of Cobb County with honor and distinction for the past 15 years,” Morgan said. “While I will miss her wise counsel, I believe the citizens of Cherokee County will benefit from her experiences and her leadership. I am pleased that Gov. Deal recognized her commitment as a career prosecutor.”
Before that, she was the assistant district attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, which includes Hall and Dawson counties.
Other nominees for the post were Woodstock attorney Nancy Carson, Marietta attorney Louis Turchiarelli, Cherokee County Chief Assistant Solicitor General Barry Hixson and Pickens County Assistant District Attorney Scott Poole.
Moss, 54, earned her bachelor’s degree from Brenau University and law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.
She and her husband live in Ball Ground.
Moss said she is excited to work in the county she’s lived in for the last two decades. She also said she is looking forward to continuing the “work that has been done by the solicitor general’s office.”
“We will continue to seek justice and to effectively and efficiently prosecute misdemeanor crimes that occur in Cherokee County,” she said. “I’m looking forward to becoming the solicitor general. I am looking forward to serving the people of the county I’ve lived in for 20 years.”