Assistant District Attorney Wallace “Wally” Rogers, Jr. will be retiring Monday after 31 years of service to the state of Georgia, including 26 years in the Blue Ridge Judicial District, District Attorney Shannon Wallace announced Thursday afternoon.
Originally from Albany, Georgia, Rogers graduated from Emory University and served in the U.S. Army prior to attending law school at the University of Georgia. Rogers started his law career in 1974 as an assistant district attorney in Floyd County.
In 1980, Rogers moved to Canton, serving as assistant district attorney in Cherokee County until 1988. After working in private practice for 11 years, he returned to the Cherokee County District Attorney’s office in 2001. During his time as an assistant district attorney, Rogers prosecuted many criminal cases, but his passion has always been working in Juvenile Court, where he has handled nearly 6,000 cases over the last 10 years.
“It’s been a joy working with Wally for so many years,” Wallace said in a press release. “As the most senior member of our office, Wally has for decades served in a leadership role to everyone in this office. His longevity has been a gift as he has mentored and guided so many of our young prosecutors, investigators, and victim advocates. We will miss him tremendously.”
Rogers has been married to his wife Meg for 33 years, and has four children and six grandchildren. He plans to continue working during his retirement, offering his services as a local defense attorney.
In honor of Rogers, the district attorney’s office hosted a retirement reception for courthouse colleagues and Rogers’ family.