Rome native Vic Reynolds, currently the district attorney of Cobb County, has been named the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation by Gov. Brian Kemp.
A former police officer, chief magistrate judge, prosecutor, and criminal defense attorney, Reynolds was elected District Attorney for Cobb County in 2012. He and his wife of 30 years, Holly (also from Rome), have two daughters.
“Vic Reynolds is a courageous leader with unmatched experience,” said Kemp. “As District Attorney, Vic led efforts to dismantle gangs and protect local families from crime and violence. As GBI Director, he will work around the clock to ensure a safer, stronger Georgia.”
Background: Reynolds is a graduate of Model High School (Class of ’75). In 1979, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro. After graduating, he returned to Rome, where he was in law enforcement for four years, including the Floyd County Police Department. In 1986, Vic graduated from law school at Georgia State University and began prosecuting felony cases as an assistant district attorney in Fulton and Cobb counties.
He was a prosecutor in Cobb when he was appointed as Chief Magistrate in 1994. Reynolds won election to a full term as Chief Magistrate in 1996, earning 72 percent of the vote. As Chief Magistrate, his duties included presiding over the Cobb County Drug Court. He left the bench in 1999 and began practicing criminal-defense law.
In July 2012, Reynolds was chosen by voters as the Republican nominee for District Attorney of the Cobb Judicial Circuit, and he won the office without opposition in the Nov. 6, 2012, general election. — Sources: Governor’s office, Cobb DA’s office.
Reynolds replaces Vernon Keenan, the GBI’s longtime director, who retired Jan. 1.