Cathy Cox-Brakefield, Retired Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Enotah Judicial Circuit, was announced “Assistant District Attorney of the Year for 2016” on July 17, 2016 during the 2016 Summer Conference sponsored by the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia (PAC).
PAC presented its annual Summer Conference from July 17-20, 2016 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 would just like to thank Jeff Langley for the honor of nominating me and the people of the state of Georgia for allowing me to work for them for 30 years” said Cox-Brakefield.
Cox-Brakefield graduated with honors from Mercer Law School and went on to serve the State of Georgia for the next 29 years. She began her career with the Attorney General’s Office, litigating cases on behalf of the people of Georgia. She later became the Special Drug Prosecutor in the Appalachian Circuit.
In 2005 she began working with the Enotah Circuit as their Drug Prosecutor. “During the last ten years she has successfully prosecuted more drug trafficking cases than anyone in the history of our Circuit” said District Attorney Jeff Langley. “She has worked so closely with our drug task force and other drug officers, that the young officers affectionately refer to her as ‘mom’ or ‘mother Brakefield’.”
In 2011, she became the lead drug prosecutor in four counties and was promoted to Chief Assistant District Attorney. She has been a key player in the expansion of the drug court in the Enotah Circuit increasing participation from two counties to four counties, and she has been involved in the creation of their Mental Health Court. “While she has the reputation of being one of the most aggressive and hard-nosed drug prosecutors in North Georgia, she also has a softer side” said Langley. “I have seen her sit and spend hours with the parents and grandparents of a defendant helping to guide them in their efforts to get a drug-involved person into treatment and on to a different path.”
Cox-Brakefield has been married to Gary Brakefield for 26 years and they have two sons. Since her retirement she has enjoyed hosting vacationers on her farm, and gardening with her husband. She also enjoys volunteering at her church and in her community, traveling and reading.
Langley praised Cox-Brakefield’s work stating, “Even after 29 years spent serving the people of Georgia, she continued to serve to the very last day before her retirement with such an energy and enthusiasm that it has left our young prosecutors with an inspiring vision of how gratifying the prosecution profession can be.”