With embattled Douglas County District Attorney David McDade having announced he would be retiring at the end of this month, Gov. Nathan Deal will fill the position for the Douglas County Judicial District, said Assistant District Attorney Brian Fortner.
Fortner has qualified as the Republican candidate for the post in the November general election against Democrat Elizabeth Dalia Racine.
Fortner said as chief assistant, he would become the acting district attorney by law, immediately upon McDade’s retirement April 30.
“The office must continue to run, and there is a need for someone to fill that position,” Fortner said.
“What takes place after that is still up in the air.”
Whomever Deal appoints as acting district attorney would serve until a new district attorney is either appointed or elected, Fortner said.
He said that regardless of whom the governor chooses, it would have no bearing on Fortner’s campaign.
“I have already contacted the governor’s office and have urged them to move forward with selecting an acting DA and let Douglas County citizens select who their next district attorney will be,” Fortner said.
Published reports said McDade agreed to retire and reimburse the county about $4,000 in seized drug funds allegedly inappropriately used, in exchange for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations or the state attorney general’s office assignment not prosecuting him.
Fortner said when he becomes the acting district attorney, “I would continue to run the district attorney’s office as I have for five months.”