Larry Chisolm is running for DA in Chatham County. His bio says he is presently employed as the University Counsel for Savannah State University.
The Board of Regents policy manual states, under § 802.1603:
(C)A candidate for or holder of an elective political office at the state or federal level may not be employed or hold a faculty, staff, or other position at an institution of the System, with or without compensation.
(D) Employees seeking elective political office at the state or federal level must first request a leave of absence without pay beginning prior to qualification as a candidate in a primary or general election and ending after the general or final election. If elected to state or federal office such person must resign prior to assuming office.
I guess the hang up is on whether the District Attorney is an “elective political office at the state … level.”
O.C.G.A. § 45-7-4 lists District Attorneys as a “state official” for purposes of setting salaries of state elected officials.
O.C.G.A § 21-5-2 lists District Attorneys as not being municipal or county elected officials.
Likewise, it shows up in the list of state offices to be on the 2008 ballot, as listed by the Secretary of State and District Attorneys use the state candidate notice of candidacy form when they qualify.