Meet the new public face of Fulton County

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The Gist: Former criminal defense attorney Anna Roach will be taking the helm of Fulton County’s public-facing departments and agencies. Roach, who has served as the county’s Chief Strategy Officer for three years, has been named Fulton’s Chief Operating Officer.

Who is Anna Roach?: Prior to joining Fulton County five years ago, Ms. Roach spent 14 years as a criminal defense attorney and consultant to government agencies. She served as an Administrative Law Judge in the City of New York, and worked as the head of the Legal and Policy Unit in Office the General Counsel, for the mayor of Washington D.C. She later served as a consultant working for clients including MARTA, the Georgia Division of Aging Services and the City of East Point.

Roach earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Cortland, and a Juris Doctorate degree from St. John’s University, School of Law.

Known for Innovation: County Manager Dick Anderson called Roach a “natural fit” for the COO spot and touted her role as an innovator in her previous position. Here’s what he had to say:

“Anna’s leadership and acumen as an administrator made her a natural fit for this role. She is an innovator whose contributions to Fulton County have already accelerated our progress in areas of behavioral health, justice, and performance management.”