McDONOUGH— Darius Pattillo (D), a deputy chief assistant district attorney in DeKalb County, is once again running for Henry County District Attorney. Pattillo ran against the current Henry County District Attorney Jim Wright in 2012 and received 47 percent of the vote.
Pattillo has been a prosecutor for 13 years in DeKalb County and is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.
As a Deputy Chief ADA, Pattillo is responsible for supervising and managing other lawyers, investigators, paralegals, and various support personnel, in addition to prosecuting murder, aggravated assault, and armed robbery cases. Prior to this role, Pattillo prosecuted hundreds of defendants charged with gang offenses, drug trafficking, burglary and property crimes.
“I’m running for district attorney because I am a public servant, and I believe that the DA’s office can be a platform from which we can not only keep the community safe by taking dangerous criminals off the streets, but also reduce crime through the creation of innovative programs and having a relationship with the community,” Pattillo said. “Residents, school administrators, teachers, and students should know who the DA is and understand that the DA is here to serve them and not just to lock people up.”
If elected, Pattillo seeks to establish a pre-trial diversion program, a domestic violence/crimes against children unit, and a community outreach program, none of which presently exist in the Henry County DA’s Office.
“I’m experienced, fair and effective. And though I’m a tenacious prosecutor, I always treat people with dignity and respect, and I always enter pre-trial negotiations with an open mind and civility,” said Pattillo when asked why people should vote for him.
Pattillo and his wife of 10 years live in Ellenwood and have two children. He believes the district attorney should play a more active role in keeping children in schools and out of jails. Throughout his career, Pattillo has been an advocate for young people. He has served as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlanta, and as a high school mock trial coach and judge.
In addition, Pattillo has provided internship opportunities for high school students in his office every summer for the past 10 years through the Atlanta Bar Association’s Summer Law Internship Program. Pattillo, who has an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Georgia, has taught criminal justice classes at Georgia Piedmont College and Westwood College.
If elected, Pattillo will be the first African-American district attorney in Henry County.
Qualifying for the election runs from March 7 through March 11.