COBB COUNTY, Ga. — One of metro Atlanta's most populous counties now has a new district attorney - but one already known in the area's judicial circuit.

On Wednesday, Governor Brian Kemp announced that Judge Joyette M. Holmes would be taking over the position left vacant by her onetime boss Vic Reynolds when he was named head of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Holmes is the Cobb Judicial Circuit's chief magistrate judge and will be the first woman and African American to hold the position.

“Judge Holmes is a servant leader in her community, and I am very excited to select her as Cobb’s new District Attorney," said Governor Kemp. "I know Joyette will put the safety of Cobb families first and always do the right thing - even when no one is watching."

Holmes is a native of Valdosta and graduate from the University of Georgia and the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Before her position in the local judicial circuit, Holmes was a prosecutor under Reynolds and ran her own private law practice. She's also a board member for MUST Ministries and the Cobb Community Foundation as well as a member of the Cobb branch of the NAACP, the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and St. John Full Gospel Church.

She's married to a Smyrna native and they have two daughters.

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