CONYERS — Conyers attorney Carrie Bootcheck was appointed city attorney for the city of Conyers June 16 following the unexpected death of Mike Waldrop, who had been city attorney for 21 years. Waldrop and Bootcheck were law partners, and Bootcheck had previously served as assistant city attorney.

At the June 16 City Council meeting, the council approved a resolution honoring the memory of Waldrop, who died June 6, and recognizing the “significant influence” and “tremendous impact” that Waldrop had on the city during his tenure as city attorney.

The council also approved a resolution appointing Bootcheck as city prosecuting attorney for Conyers Municipal Court for a four-year term. The oath was administered by Mayor Pro Tem Cleveland Stroud.

“Even though we will miss Mike tremendously, the city is in good hands with Carrie,” said Stroud.

Bootcheck grew up in Conyers and received a bachelor of science degree from Jacksonville University and master’s and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Florida.

In addition to serving as city attorney, Bootcheck practices in several areas of law, including probate, wills, construction and civil litigation. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent lawyer.

Bootcheck and her husband Michael and their two children, Jillian and Jackson, live in McDonough.

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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Brian L. Jenkins

In a city that is predominantly Black (66%), with three out of the five council members also being Black, why wasn't a Black attorney given the opportunity to represent the city in that capacity?

The hiring practices in the City of Conyers are repugnant, in so far as the city's recognizing people of color! These policies and practices must be disrupted in order to experience a level of fairness in the city.

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