Shouldn’t Larry Chisolm at least take a leave of absence?

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.


  1. ChrisB says:

    David Lock seems to be a decent enough guy, and he certainly has the experience.

    I don’t know anything about his Democratic opponents except what they’ve posted on their websites. Is Jerry Rothschild as narcissistic as his website implies?

  2. drjay says:

    not to nit pick but just b/c his bio says he is presently… blah, blah, blah–that does not mean he has or hasn’t taken a leave of abscence–just that he did not put it on his bio if he did

  3. Uga says:

    Foolish not to vote for Lock? Jerry Rothschild is a great candidate with plenty of experience and desire to make Savannah a safer place. He’s been an excellent prosecutor and has a good head on his shoulders. He’s about as far from narcissistic as anyone I’ve ever met for what it’s worth.

  4. ChrisB says:

    I see that Rothschild removed the sweaty topless photos of himself in biker shorts–I wasn’t sure what he was trying to solicit on his website!

  5. Jonesy says:

    My wife and I can’t decide between Chisholm and Lock, but at least we won’t have to choose until November. She works at the courthouse and would agree with your assessment, Chris (but then aren’t all lawyers arrogant by definition?).

  6. rugby fan says:

    Rothschild has my endorsement.

    Jerry graduated Brookstone High School in Columbus, where he lettered in football and edited the student newspaper, and attended the University of Georgia, where he played rugby. He majored in English and History, graduated in 1992, and attended UGA Law.

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