Shea Bunch, Investigator for the Toombs Judicial Circuit, was announced “Investigator 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, GA 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 like to thank my elected District Attorney, Dennis Sanders, for giving me the opportunity to work in this office and learn from him over the past six years” said Bunch. “We proudly serve McDuffie, Lincoln, Glascock, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkes counties and it’s a privilege to work with some of the best prosecutors and staff in the state of Georgia.”
“Shea is as loyal an individual as I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.” said District Attorney Dennis Sanders, who nominated Bunch for the award. “The clock means nothing to him. His performance means everything.”
Bunch graduated from Basic Mandate School in 1993 and began working as a patrolman for Thomson Police Department. After leaving Thomson Police Department he worked as a Deputy Sheriff for 11 years. Then, in 2010, he became the investigator for Toombs Judicial Circuit. He is the only investigator in the District Attorney’s Office, which covers six counties. He works felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile cases. Also, when needed he fills in to assist with Probate Court.
Being the only investigator for six counties, Bunch’s responsibilities are endless. Some of his responsibilities include locating, interviewing, and making sure that all witnesses are notified of when to be in court – this is usually with two or three court sessions occurring simultaneously often in different counties. On more serious cases, he accompanies the host agency to the crime scene and photographs the evidence knowing exactly what the prosecutors will need for successful prosecution of the case.
“Shea has never sought individual attention for the outstanding dedicated work that he has done. He is always content letting others in our office receive that recognition,” said Sanders. “Now it’s his turn to receive the recognition that he deserves. I cannot think of anyone that I have worked with in my 44 years as a prosecutor that is more deserving.”