Acting Cobb DA to follow Reynolds to GBI

February 19, 2019

Former Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynold’s successor will be one of several Cobb DA alumni to follow Reynolds to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Acting Cobb District Attorney John Melvin, formerly an assistant district attorney at the office, will serve as Reynold’s chief of staff effective as soon as Gov. Brian Kemp appoints a new Cobb County district attorney. Melvin officially became acting Cobb district attorney Monday.

Melvin has tried over 185 felony trials, including death penalty cases, and has experience in gang cases. He has argued before the Georgia Supreme Court and served as an adjunct professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.

Reynold’s confirmed the transfer Monday, but said the timeline for the change is not yet known.

“I would anticipate it happening relatively soon, but I don’t know the governor’s schedule,” Reynolds said. “It’s entirely up to him.”

In selecting Reynolds to head the GBI, Gov. Kemp praised his experience prosecuting gang members.

Reynolds, who took office Monday, said he expects to bring over two other Cobb DA employees with him to the GBI, both of whom also have anti-gang experience.

Mike Carlson, deputy chief assistant district attorney in Cobb, is set to become chief legal officer at the GBI. Carlson handles cases in the appeals and gang prosecution units.

Assistant District Attorney Jaret Usher, a senior gang prosecutor, has been named as head of the state’s gang task force.