WHEREAS, Public Defender Gerard McAuliffe, Jr. will be resigning on December 31, 2018 due to his election to the post of Fulton County Family Court Judge; and

WHEREAS, Mr. McAuliffe distinguished himself as a studious and dedicated public servant during his 26 years in public defense, first as Assistant Public Defender from 1992 to 1996, and then as Public Defender from 1996 through 2018; and

WHEREAS, Gerard threw his heart into the evolving mission of the Office, guiding its growth and complication through many phases and changing priorities; and

WHEREAS, Gerard demonstrated consummate professionalism in all facets of his duties and proved himself at all times, dedicated to helping those in need of legal representation; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby joins with local leaders throughout the area to honor J. Gerard McAuliffe, Jr. for his longstanding service to the community; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Board hereby offers its appreciation to Gerard and wishes unto him the “gladsome light of jurisprudence” upon his ascension to the Family Court Bench.