Forsyth, GA – Governor Nathan Deal recognized Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Pete Skandalakis, presenting him with a prestigious award for “Outstanding Contribution which Enhances the Profession” at the Governor’s Public Safety Award (GPSA) Ceremony on December 14, 2015 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, GA.
The Governor’s Public Safety Awards Program was initiated by Governor Zell Miller in 1998 in order to provide an opportunity for the men and women of Georgia’s public safety community to be recognized for outstanding service to the citizens of Georgia.
District Attorney Skandalakis received the “Contribution to Profession” category award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of their profession. Consideration is given to those who have made significant impact outside of their local area, including leadership and contributions to regional and state issues related to the person’s profession.
“Pete’s professional and personal leadership in the prosecution community places him among the state’s foremost public servants,” said Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia Executive Director Chuck Spahos, who nominated him for the award. “He has demonstrated outstanding public service in his immediate communities as well as at the state level.”
Mr. Skandalakis is a career prosecutor who is serving his sixth term as District Attorney of the Coweta Judicial Circuit. He has spent his entire legal career as a prosecutor in the Coweta Judicial Circuit since graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1984. He began as an Assistant District Attorney, was promoted to Chief Assistant in 1987, and was appointed the District Attorney in 1992. Later in the same year, he won a contested election, and has been re-elected without opposition since then.
District Attorney Skandalakis said “I am humbled to receive this recognition, but I’ve been extremely blessed to be in a profession that I have loved for over 30 years. But more than that, the dedicated and hardworking staff in my office are the ones who truly deserve this award, as they work tirelessly every day to keep our communities safe places to live and work.”
Since taking office, Mr. Skandalakis has been responsible for overseeing the prosecution of thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases. Throughout the years, he has also successfully prosecuted several “cold case” homicides. These prosecutions have garnered national attention when he was featured on three national television shows – 48 Hours, DateLine NBC and A&E Cold Case Files.
Mr. Skandalakis has used his professional expertise in various other capacities. He has served as President of the District Attorney’s Association of Georgia, served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council for two terms, and was a member of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council Board of Directors for an additional six years. He has also served as Chairman of
Georgia’s Basic Litigation Course for New Prosecutors for fourteen years, Chairman of the Board for a local domestic violence shelter, and has appeared as a featured speaker at prosecution and victim assistance training conferences throughout the country on such topics as Cold Case Prosecutions, Victim Assistance, Professionalism and Ethics.
Mr. Skandalakis is a past recipient of the “Georgia District Attorney of Year” Award for his outstanding contributions to Georgia’s prosecution community, and has also been recognized by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, with their “Eagle Award”, for his exceptional contributions to victim services throughout the State of Georgia.