Special to SEGAZINE
George E. Barnhill has been sworn in by chief judge Dwayne H. Gillis as acting district attorney for the six counties of the Waycross Judicial Circuit and has assumed the day-to-day operation of the office. He replaces Rick Currie, who retired from the position May 31..
Barnhill has been the Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Waycross Circuit for Currie during the last nineteen years. Prior to that he worked as an Assistant District Attorney for Donnie Dixon in the Waycross Circuit and for Glenn Thomas in the Brunswick Circuit. He has successfully tried felony cases in all six counties of the Waycross Circuit, most recently the week long, gang related, murder trial of State of Ga vs Dayquan Mangram and Rena Lang in Brantley County resulting in guilty verdicts on May 3.
“I am actively seeking the Governor’s appointment for the District Attorney position and I am going to run for the position in 2014. I look forward to serving the courts and the citizens of this circuit.” says Barnhill.
“Our goal will be to continue the high level of integrity, fairness, and service people have come to expect from this office. We anticipate a smooth transition with no major case delays and no major personnel changes. We will continue to prosecute criminals in a professional manner, as we have done before and as I have done throughout my career.”
Barnhill has been a trial attorney for 30 years and has more than 27 years experience as a felony criminal prosecutor. Over his career Barnhill has been responsible for all aspects of the operation of the District Attorney’s office and is well known in the area.. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, and the National College of District Attorneys.
He is a member in good standing with the Georgia Bar Association, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the Southern District of Georgia Federal Courts. He is married to Pamela Jones Barnhill of Birmingham, Alabama, and they have three  sons.