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Ken Mauldin, district attorney for the Western Judicial Cucuit covering Oconee and Athens-Clarke counties, announced today that he will resign from his position effective Feb. 29. 

“This has not been an easy decision,” he said in a prepared statement. “I have enjoyed every day of service … but I feel strongly that it is time for me to step down.”

His statement continues as follows: 

When I announced in July that I would not seek re-election for a sixth time as District Attorney, it was my intent to serve out the remainder of my term, which runs through the end of this year. However, at that time I did not realize the strong pull I would feel to look ahead past my time as District Attorney. I have been practicing law for almost 40 years, and been in elective office going on 30 of those years, having been elected to serve 8 times, first as Solicitor-General and now as District Attorney. In the last few months, particularly, I have come to understand that it’s time for this part of my life and career to come to an end and a new chapter to begin. With that decision made, I wanted to provide notice now so that there is a sufficient period of time for my successor in office to be appointed in time for there to be an election this year. That is my strong desire. Consequently, I have this day submitted my letter of resignation to the Governor, urging him to make the appointment promptly.

Let me reiterate what I said in July. To the people of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties, it has been my honor and privilege to serve as your District Attorney. It has been a great blessing. I have been particularly blessed by the men and women who have worked and continue to work in this office as Assistant District Attorneys, Investigators, Victim Advocates and support personnel. They are the real heroes, and they are my heroes. They have served honorably and faithfully to represent not just this office and me as District Attorney, but more importantly, the people of this community of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties and the people State of Georgia. I am blessed as well for the dedicated members of the law enforcement agencies with whom I have worked alongside and been otherwise associated. They put their lives on the line each and every day in service to us all and for that, I am immeasurably grateful and humbled. Thank you.” 

Mauldin has served as the elected District Attorney for the Western Judicial Circuit of Georgia covering Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties since 2001. He has been a practicing attorney for almost 40 years. Before his current position, he served almost 10 years as the elected Solicitor-General of Athens-Clarke County, the prosecuting attorney for misdemeanors. For the 10 years prior, Ken served in Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties as an Assistant District Attorney and then as a public defender. with the Legal Aid Clinic. Since 1990, Ken has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law teaching a course in Trial Practice, and among other activities, has also served as Attorney Coach for the Clarke Central High School Mock Trial Team.

Maldin received both his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Georgia in 1977 and 1980, respectively. Subsequently, he earned an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Litigation degree from Emory Law School in 1989. He is married to Allison (Alley) Thatcher Mauldin, who serves as the Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. Together, they have three children, Grace, Nick and Jake.

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