Chatham District Attorney Meg Heap began her career as a Volunteer Coordinator and Victim Advocate with the Victim-Witness Assistance Program located in the Savannah District Attorney's Office. This position ignited a lifelong passion of working with victims of crime and senior citizens. After law school, she worked in the Cherokee County District Attorney's office from Juvenile Court to Superior Court prosecuting a wide range of cases including murder and child molestation. In 1995, she began work as an assistant district attorney in Chatham County handling State Court Division misdemeanor cases, moving to Superior Court to handle felony cases in 1997. At the end of 2005, Heap was assigned to handle elder and disabled adult abuse cases, the first such prosecutor in the state. She served as Chief Assistant District Attorney from the beginning of 2009 to fall of 2010. Heap left the DA's office and was elected District Attorney in November of 2012. Heap has served as District Attorney since January 2013. She was just sworn in for her second term.
She is the current president of the District Attorney's Association of Georgia.
Heap serves on the Georgia State Bar Code Revision Commission.
She is a board member of:
Heap was raised in Savannah, GA. A graduate of St. Vincent's Academy, she attended Georgia Southern University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Heap obtained her Juris Doctorate from Mercer University. Heap is married and has two sons.
Chief Assistant District Attorney
Greg McConnell has been in law enforcement since 1976. He has served as a police officer in Cobb County, GA, and as a prosecutor since 1984. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in Chatham County from 1986 - 2008 when he was promoted to Deputy Chief Assistant of the Special Victim's Unit.
Mr. McConnell began the Chatham County Child Abuse Division in 1988 under the leadership of District Attorney, Spencer Lawton. He has prosecuted in excess of 1,480 cases of child sexual abuse, more than 30 child murder cases, and more than 325 Registered Sex Offender cases. He was selected as Assistant District Attorney of the Year in 1992, recognized for his outstanding contributions toward the Basic Litigation training for new prosecutors in 1993, served as President of the Board of Directors, Coastal Children's Advocacy Center from 1993-1994, received the "J. Roger Thompson Annual Award"; for public service and teaching excellence in 1996, received the "Community Service Award"; by the Savannah Bar Association in 1997; received the "Professional Leadership Award"; by the National Network of Children's Advocacy Centers in Washington, D.C. in 1998, served as Chairman of the Chatham County Child Abuse Protocol Committee / Child Fatality Review Sub-Committee from 1990 - 2001, and served as a founding faculty member of "Finding Words";, a forensic interviewing course for child victims from 2003 - 2010. He has lectured extensively on the topic of child sexual abuse.
Mr. McConnell supervises the Superior Court Division and the Criminal Investigations Division. He received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University, attended the Masters program in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law.
Chief Assistant District Attorney - Other Felony
Matt Breedon is the Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Other Felony Division in Superior Court. Additionally, Matt handles major crimes cases.
Matt has been a prosecutor and a member of the Georgia Bar for nearly 15 years. He has worked as a special assistant US Attorney for seven years. A National Gang Crime Research Center certified Gang Prosecutor, he is also sworn in to work as a Special Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of Georgia. He frequently handles the prosecution of Project Ceasefire cases.
Prior to his time in Savannah, Matt was the Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Dougherty Judicial Circuit in Albany, GA. In that position, he was a member of the Albany-Dougherty SWAT team, presented oral arguments before the Georgia Supreme Court and worked closely with both the ATF and FBI.
Matt graduated from Columbus State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology before attending Mercer University where he obtained his Juris Doctorate.
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney
Early Intervention Program
Frank M. Pennington, II became Deputy Chief of the Early Intervention Program beginning in December of 2017. The EIP Program mission is to assist law enforcement agencies in the early stages of major criminal investigations to ensure fair, complete, and accurate investigations. It also works to resolve a significant number of Chatham County’s felony cases in a relatively short time after their inception. Initially only a program, it was reorganized into an entire Division by District Attorney Chisolm in 2009 to great success and has saved the taxpayers of Chatham County millions of dollars in jail costs.
Frank came to the District Attorney’s Office in 2004 after graduating from Georgia State University College of Law. He began his career in State Court and, then moved to Superior Court as a member of the Special Victims Unit from August 2007 until 2013 when he joined the newly formed Major Crimes Division. During that time, he focused on prosecuting felony domestic violence and sexual assault as well as felony vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle. Frank graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney - State Court
Andre came to the District Attorney's Office in early 2013. Prior to arriving at the DA's office, he was a Senior Trial Attorney in the Hall County Solicitor General's Office. He graduated from John Marshall Law School with a Juris Doctorate in 2008 and also passed the Georgia Bar the same year. Prior to law school, he graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Andre was honored with the Award from the Georgia Association of Solicitors General as the Assistant Solicitor General of the Year 2012.
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney
Diane leads the Juvenile Court division and supervises two attorneys who prosecute felony and misdemeanor cases involving juveniles, as well as cases truancy, runaway and other ungovernable offenses by juveniles.
Diane brings 17 years of experience to the Chatham County District Attorney's office. Prior to joining the DA's office she was in private practice. While in private practice, she served as a judge pro-tem for the Chatham County Recorder's Court for more than 12 years and represented the Chatham County Board of Assessors for more than 10 years.
Diane earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Armstrong-Atlantic State University and a juris doctorate degree from Georgia State University. She has a certificate of Training from the Georgia Municipal Courts Training Council. Diane is a member of the Savannah Bar Association and was awarded the association's Pro Bono Award in 1999 and the Robbie Robinson Award in 2001. She is a native of Savannah.
Ricky E. Becker
Chief Criminal Investigator
Eastern Judicial Circuit/Chatham County, Georgia
Ricky was promoted to Chief Criminal Investigator on October 13, 2014. He joined the District Attorney's Office as an Investigator I in September 1995 and was promoted to Investigator II with the rank of Sergeant in December 1998. Ricky was promoted to Investigator III with the rank of Lieutenant in May 2013. Ricky was named the 2014 Investigator of the Year from the Prosecuting Attorney's Council of Georgia.
Prior to joining the District Attorney's Office, Ricky served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Chatham County Sheriff's Department for five and a half years. He relocated to Chatham County from Garden Grove, CA where he was a Police Officer with the City of Garden Grove Police Department from 1987-1989.
Ricky supervises 13 criminal investigators which include ten investigators in the District Attorney's Investigative Unit and three investigators in the Child Support Recovery Unit.
Ricky graduated from St. Leo University in 1999 with a Bachelor Degree in Criminology. He graduated from St. Leo with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts in 1998. Ricky is a 1999 graduate of the FBI National Academy and is an active member of the Georgia Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates.
Director - Victim/Witness Assistance Program
Cheryl, has been an employee with Chatham County since 1984, became the Director of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program in 2011. Prior her promotion as Director, she also served as the program's Assistant Director for four years.
Cheryl has been a victim advocate for both Superior and State Courts and is very passionate about the plight of victims in Chatham County. She has assisted thousands of victims and witnesses through the years with support to over 100 families of murdered victims. She has been an advocate for victims rights through legislation with the then Georgians for Victims Justice statewide program and participated in trainings of new and seasoned victim advocates such as: Advocacy in Action, Victim Service Trainings, Teambuilding Workshops, Assisting Victims through Crisis and Trauma. She oversees a staff of 9 Victim Advocates in Superior, State and Juvenile Courts and a part time Administrative Assistant. The Chatham County VWAP was the first comprehensive program of its kind in the State of Georgia and has been a model program for other counties in Georgia over the years.
Public Information Officer
Kristin joined the District Attorney's office in April 2014. She has been working in public/community relations and the media for over two decades. Immediately prior to coming to the District Attorney's office, she worked for U.S. Congressman John Barrow as the Director of Constituent Outreach for over nine years. In that position, Kristin was responsible for a caseload of over 100 cases while managing the outreach program in all 19 counties of Georgia's 12th Congressional District -- including the planning of numerous job fairs, Town Hall meetings, health fairs and other events.
A former television and radio reporter, Kristin has worked in media markets in Louisiana, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Kristin has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina and a M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Director - Chatham County Child Support Services
Sherry Rovolis was named Director of the Chatham County Child Support Services Office in 2016. She joined the office 1990, working her way up through the department until she was named Assistant Director in 1997. Sherry oversees a staff of 42 employees with a caseload of over 13,000 cases and collections of in excess of $32,000,000 per year. During her years of service, she has assisted in the collection of support for countless children in Chatham County.
Sherry has dedicated her life to working with children, prior to joining the Child Support Services Office, she worked for the Department of Family and Children Services for four years.
Administrative Support Services Manager
Barbara Baucum is a retired Air Force veteran with over 25 years of office management administration experience. Her career in the military took her to stations across the world including Turkey and the United Kingdom. Barbara's experience brings a unique insight and vision to the District Attorney's Office. Prior to joining the D.A.'s Office, she was a member of the Chatham County Human Resources Department team. She has been with the county for over five years.
Superior Court Chief Administrative Assistant
Zoe Green has been the Superior Court Chief Administrative Assistant since January 2013. Zoe started with Chatham County in 1999. She joined the District Attorney’s Office in February 2003.
Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, Zoe worked extensively in law enforcement administrative positions starting in 1990 with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, Hinesville Police Department, and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department.
Zoe supervises eight administrative assistants as well as assisting the Chief Assistant District Attorney, and two other Assistant District Attorneys.
Chief Administrative Assistant - State Court Division
Kim Coles is Chief Administrative Assistant of State Court Division. Kim began her career in the District Attorney’s Office in October 2007 in State Court. In February 2013, she became District Attorney Meg Heap’s Administrative Assistant, until she was promoted to State Court Chief Administrative Assistant in March 2018. Prior to starting in the District Attorney’s Office, Kim Coles worked for the Department of Family and Children Services for 13 years. Kim has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice-Administration from Columbia College.