In South Fulton, Georgia’s fifth-largest city, African American women are breaking barriers and making history. For the first time in American history, a black woman has been appointed to every lead position in the newly created city’s justice department. South Fulton, an Atlanta suburb, is a chartered city in Fulton County that celebrated its first year of cityhood on May 1st of this year.
The powerful imagery of the eight black women, six of which have the most important law enforcement positions in the city, has ignited conversation around how progressive the new justice department will be and what changes will be made. The courtroom does run a little differently with a pretrial diversion program, public defender accompaniment with first appearances, and emphasis on educating citizens about the law.
There is a lot of excitement buzzing around these women and many hope that this isn’t just a social experiment, but a step towards changing how justice is dispensed.
The most powerful women in South Fulton County include: Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers, Interim Police Chief Sheila Rogers, Solicitor LaDawn “LBJ” Jones, Public Defender Viveca Famber Powell, Court Administrator Lakesiya Cofield, Chief Court Clerk Ramona Howard, Court Clerk Tiffany Kinslow, and Court Clerk Kerry Stephens.