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Front Page - Friday, July 14, 2017

Neal joins Judicial Circuit Adult Felony Drug Court




Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Court Judges Kristina Cook Graham and Don Thompson have named Gretchen Neal as the coordinator of the Adult Felony Drug Court. In her new role, Neal will oversee the program and coordinate team efforts.

Neal will receive training from the State of Georgia’s Council for Accountability during the Court Judges Annual Training Conference in Athens, Georgia in the coming weeks. While Neal will be considered an employee of Walker County, her salary and benefits will come from funds provided by the grant funding the entire program.

Neal comes to the Adult Felony Drug Court with 22 years of experience managing employees, 25 years of ensuring compliance with banking regulations and 27 years of customer service experience. Neal has a breadth of experience in managing daily operations and maintaining staff while ensuring employee and customer satisfaction.

Most recently, Neal served as branch office administrator at Edward Jones Investment Company in LaFayette. While there, she was responsible for customer relations including appreciation events, scheduling and preparing client reports.

Prior to Edward Jones, she was vice president and manager of the Chickamauga and LaFayette branches of Cohutta Banking Company (a division of Synovus Bank). While there, she was responsible for all personnel and operations at the two branches.

In addition to her professional resume, Neal brings significant volunteer experience to the team. She currently serves on the LaFayette Downtown Development Authority, the executive board of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce and is a Rotarian. In addition, she worked with men in recovery in her local church, The Wesleyan, for over 30 years.

“We are pleased to have someone with Gretchen’s significant community involvement joining the team,” said Thompson, who will be hearing the cases coming before the Court. “As someone who knows and is known by the community, we know she will provide valuable in-roads to organizations and individuals who can assist in making a difference in the lives of those coming before the Court.”

Graham said more announcements would be made in the coming weeks.

Source: Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Adult Felony Drug Court