CONYERS — Alisha Adams Johnson has been appointed district attorney of Rockdale County by Gov. Nathan Deal. Johnson will succeed District Attorney Richard Read, who announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31, earlier this year.
Johnson has worked with the Rockdale County District Attorney’s Office for more than 12 years, beginning as an intern during her third year of law school at Georgia State University. Johnson received her undergraduate degree from Spelman College.
Johnson was named an assistant district attorney in Rockdale following graduation from law school, initially working on misdemeanor crimes in State Court. She was later promoted to prosecute felony cases, ranging from theft to murder, in Superior Court.
In his resignation letter to Gov. Deal in October, Read recommended that Johnson be appointed to fill the remaining year of his term of office. Read stated that he was confident of the abilities of his staff.
“I believe that the judicial structure of Rockdale County, as a whole, is as strong as it has ever been and that the current employees of the Rockdale County District Attorney’s Office are exceptional, experienced and more than capable, in my absence, of continuing to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of Rockdale County,” Read said in his resignation letter.
Johnson is a member of the 2018 class of Leadership Rockdale. She is married to Ashanti Johnson and the mother of three young children.
Johnson will be sworn in by Rockdale Probate Court Judge Clarence Cuthpert on Friday Dec. 29, at 10 a.m. in Judge Robert Mumford’s courtroom.