The Cherokee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office has received grant money to hire an additional assistant district attorney.
District Attorney Rosemary Greene initiated efforts to secure the grant from the state earlier this year.
The grant was made available to district attorney's offices in judicial circuits "that have an established high number of illegal drug cases and prosecutions," along with with active participation in an established circuit wide Drug Court Program, Greene's office said in a press release.
The grant will allow Greene to move Assistant District Attorney Erle J. Newton into the position of a designated drug prosecutor for the circuit. Newton will work as a full-time as a liaison with all Bartow and Gordon County law enforcement drug task force agencies, along with prosecuting the most serious illegal drug offenses made by those agencies.
Greene has also Cartersville attorney David Lee Lumpkin as the newest assistant district attorney of the prosecuting staff. He will be charged with handling the day-to-day variety of criminal cases that come to the Cherokee Judicial Circuit's office.
Lumpkin was sworn in Tuesday morning by Bartow County Superior Court Judge Judge Carey Nelson.
The Cherokee Judicial Circuit covers both Bartow and Gordon counties.