NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Grand Bahamian Sonja Brown has been appointed as a Magistrate in Cobb County, Georgia.
Brown, an attorney, was selected by Chief Magistrate Judge Brendan Murphy alongside Judge Michael E. McLaughlin.
According to the Associated Press (AP), she served as deputy chief assistant district attorney and as the director of Community Affairs at the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.
Brown reportedly built and leads the Crime Strategies and Community Partnerships Unit.
The Cobb Superior Court judges unanimously confirmed the appointments effective January 1.
“Both Mike and Sonja have the keen intellect, heart, and work ethic needed to thrive on the fast-paced Magistrate Court bench,” Murphy said in a news release.
“Their demeanor and character will ensure that people are truly heard and respected when it’s time for their day in court.”
According to the AP, Brown said she was “extremely humbled and honored to join this dynamic team”.
She said: “I thank Chief Judge Murphy for entrusting me with this opportunity to serve my Cobb County neighbors.”
Randy Rolle, former Consul General for The Bahamas In Atlanta, congratulated Brown in a statement yesterday.
He described her as a pillar of support for the Bahamian diaspora in the United States.
“Sonja is the daughter of Ms. Valencia Brown, and niece of former High Commissioner to London, Ed Bethel,” Rolle said.
“During my time as Consul General to Atlanta, Sonja graciously served as an advisor to my office. She provided legal advice and assistance, especially for Bahamian students in the jurisdiction.
“Sonja is a pillar of support for the Bahamian diaspora in the United States.
Rolle continued: “No matter how far away from home she may have been, or for how long, she never hesitated to demonstrate her Grand Bahamian pride in assisting her fellow countrymen or offering her full support whenever called upon by the Bahamas Consulate.
“As a result, she was a recipient of the first Bahamian in the Diaspora award, given by the Atlanta Consulate.
“I am extremely proud of all of her accomplishments; and I wish her the very best in her new role,” he added.