Three Cherokee County prosecutors received awards this week at the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council (PAC) of Georgia annual summer conference.
The awards were presented from the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia and the Georgia Association of Solicitors-General.
Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace was recognized as District Attorney of the Year, Chief Assistant Solicitor-General David McElyea was awarded Assistant Solicitor-General of the Year, and Assistant District Attorney Rachel Ashe was honored as Assistant District Attorney of the Year for Division 2.
Wallace has served as district attorney of Cherokee County in the Blue Ridge Judicial District since 2013. She leads a staff of 53 prosecutors, investigators, victim advocates, and support personnel, and serves on the boards of the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS), Cherokee FOCUS, and Malon D. Mimms Boys and Girls Club. She is also a member of the Canton Rotary Club and Cherokee S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together).
Wallace holds leadership roles in many statewide organizations, including co-chair of Gov. Brian Kemp’s Judicial Nominating Commission of Georgia, immediate past president of DAAG, and council chair of the PAC.
“I am incredibly honored to receive this prestigious award, but the true credit for the good work of this Office rightfully belongs to all of the dedicated public servants with whom I work alongside,” Wallace said in a statement. “And while I am so honored to be recognized in this way by my peers, I am most grateful for the privilege to serve the people of Cherokee County every day.”
David McElyea is the chief assistant solicitor-general of the Cherokee County Solicitor-General’s Office. In his 18-year career as a prosecutor, he has handled everything from ordinance cases to drug crimes, complex DUIs and vehicular homicides. For the past 15 years, he has served as Cherokee’s DUI Court prosecutor, in addition to being an active member of GASG’s Appellate Committee.
Besides his work as a prosecutor, ASG McElyea gives back to the community, including collecting school supplies for underprivileged children, participating in coat drives, and supporting the Cherokee County Family Violence Center.
“David is an extremely effective trial lawyer who has a profound ethical sensibility that leads him to always do what is right,” said Cherokee County Solicitor-General Todd Hayes. “But he is much more than just his work. He donates to every good cause presented to our office, but never seeks recognition for it. He simply wants his workplace and his community to be better places.”
Ashe is a prosecutor assigned to the domestic violence unit in the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office. In her nine-year career, she has prosecuted everything from traffic offenses to murders, but now solely prosecutes intimate partner violence crimes. Prior to joining the district attorney’s office in 2018, she was a prosecutor in the Cherokee County Solicitor-General’s Office.
Ashe serves as co-chair of the Cherokee County Domestic Violence Task Force and is a member of the Rotary Club of Canton, Service League of Cherokee County, and Canton Optimist Club. Throughout the year, she initiates service projects for organizations in need.
“Rachel is the consummate minister of justice, and her integrity is second to none. She has amazing strength to handle domestic violence crimes, ensuring that vulnerable victims are given a voice in the justice system,” Wallace said. “She is a true public servant, giving back to her community through her career and beyond.”