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Henry’s first black DA to be sworn-in

Henry County’s first African-American lead prosecutor will be sworn in Thursday.

District Attorney Darius Pattillo will be sworn-in at 5:30 p.m. at the Merle Manders Conference Center, 111 Davis Road in Stockbridge. The event is open to the public. A reception will follow.

Pattillo will be sworn in by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Tangela M. Barrie. During the ceremony, Atlanta artist Janssen Robinson will paint the event as it happens. The work of art will be completed during the ceremony and be on display for guests to view during the reception.

Pattillo brings 14 years of experience as a prosecutor with the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. He spent the latter part of his career serving as deputy chief assistant district attorney of DeKalb’s juvenile division, where he supervised a team of lawyers, investigators and other staff, as well as prosecuted major felony cases. In addition, Pattillo has served as a high school mock trial coach, college criminal justice instructor and volunteer at his alma mater Therrell High School in Atlanta.

Pattillo graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law. He and his wife have lived in Henry County for more than 12 years and have two children.

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Pattillo was elected in November. He was previously sworn-in by Henry County Superior Court Judge Arch W. McGarity to allow him to take office Jan. 3.

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