Steve Cox, Assistant District Attorney for the Rome Judicial Circuit, was announced “Assistant District Attorney of the Year for Division 3” on July 19, 2015 during the 2015 Summer Conference sponsored by the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia (PAC).
PAC presented its annual Summer Conference from July 19-22, 2015 in Jekyll Island, Georgia at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Each year during the conference, the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia (DAAG) presents this award to recognize outstanding leadership and dedication in the field of prosecution.
“I appreciate the confidence and support shown to me by District Attorney Leigh Patterson and my other colleagues in the office.” said Cox. “It’s a wonderful job where your mission is to do the right thing and help others. I particularly enjoy helping victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse—both children and adult victims.”
Cox has been an assistant district attorney for 33 years, first serving in the Cherokee Judicial circuit before joining the staff of the Rome Judicial Circuit where he has worked for the past 28 years. A graduate of Berry College and the University of Georgia School of Law, Cox began his career by serving as a law clerk to Judge J. L. Davis and Judge Jere F. White in the Cherokee Judicial Circuit. “Both of these gentlemen taught me much about the law and even more about life and human nature,” said Cox.
Rome District Attorney Leigh Patterson nominated Cox for the award and praised his dedication. “Steve always goes the extra mile to ensure that the victim’s interests are brought to the attention to the court and the jury. He is sensitive to the needs of victims and displays the utmost professionalism in the courtroom.”
ADA Cox has tried everything from misdemeanors to death penalty cases, but one case that really stands out in his memory involved a victim of domestic violence that, in his words, “did everything right.” “She separated herself and her children from the defendant, went to the Hospitality House (a shelter for battered women and their children), and has since been relocated to a new home and has started a new chapter in her life. Because she was willing to come forward and testify---the defendant entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to prison. She has since spoken at the annual Domestic Violence vigil here in Rome and is a great example of how someone can escape this abuse.”
“Steve is the type of ADA who really ‘walks the walk,’” said Patterson. “His personnel file is filled with thank you letters from victims and numerous awards from his years of service. The people of Rome and Floyd County are lucky to have him as an advocate in the courtroom.”
Cox additionally serves his community as a member of the Rome Exchange Club and is a former President of that organization. He is also a member of the Rome Floyd Child Abuse Protocol Committee as well as the Chair of the Rome Floyd Child Fatality Review Committee. Under his leadership, the Child Fatality Review Committee has won two state awards for recognition of their investigative team. Cox attends Westminster Presbyterian Church where he teaches Sunday school. He is married to Sheila Barron Cox. They have one daughter, Laura Cox, who is a meeting planner with the College Board, and two rescued dogs and several cats.