Melvin said the office’s plan of succession calls for the chief assistant district attorney to lead the department, so this change in responsibility wasn’t a surprise. Melvin will serve until Kemp appoints a new district attorney to serve out the remainder of Reynolds’ term. Melvin has been with the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office since 2013 and specializes in prosecuting elder abuse and white collar crimes.
Jesse Evans will also continue his service as chief assistant district attorney. Evans, who was raised in Cobb, has been the major crimes/homicide prosecutor since 2006. He was named deputy chief to the chief assistant district attorney in 2016, the Cobb County District Attorney's Office added on its Facebook page.
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Melvin said his tenure, which he said could be as short or as long as Kemp deems necessary, won’t bring any changes to the District Attorney’s Office’s mission in wiping out gangs and tackling elder abuse in Cobb County.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reached out to Kemp’s office to see if the governor has a timeline on when he’ll make an appointment, but has not heard back from the office.