New DA Randy McGinley sworn in for a full term before year’s end

On Dec. 30, 2020, Randy McGinley ended his temporary assignment as Acting District Attorney and was sworn in for a full four-year term as the District Attorney of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, covering Newton and Walton counties. McGinley had served as the Acting District Attorney since June 2, 2020 when he was appointed to replace former DA, now Superior Court Judge Layla Zon.

Zon administered the Oath of Office at the Historic Walton County Courthouse where McGinley was joined by his wife, Charlie, and two daughters, along with his parents and and in-laws. Also in attendance were members of the DA’s Offices, all of the Superior Court Judges (Chief Judge John Ott, retiring Judge Eugene Benton, Judge Ken Wynne, Zon, and newly appointed Judge Cheveda McCamy, and newly sworn in Judge Jeff Foster) as well as family and friends.

“I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Newton and Walton Counties as I have for almost 10 years. Our offices are full of wonderful individuals that work day in and day out to achieve justice and help victims of crimes in our communities. I assure you that we will continue to be DA’s Office that always strives to do the right thing and works harder than anyone to achieve that. I remain committed to working with the community to ensure that Newton and Walton Counties are a place where we want to raise our families,” McGinley said, before going on to thank his wife and family for their love and support as well as everybody else in attendance and those who have supported him along the way.

McGinley was able to fend off a challenge from Democrat Destiny Bryant to win a full term in the November 2020 election.

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