Team Members

Heather Hays: Case Manager

Heather Hays is the case manager to both the Cherokee County DUI court and the Cherokee County Misdemeanor Drug Court. She is originally from Marietta, GA and a graduate of Kennesaw State University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Administration. She has over four years of previous experience working in the criminal justice system as a probation officer at Georgia Probation Management with Cherokee County State Court, Cherokee County Superior Court, and the City of Holly Springs Municipal Court. As a probation officer, she was the Misdemeanor Drug Court officer and assisted in the inception of the program under the direction of Judge A. Dee Morris. Heather has personal motivation for surpassing expectations as case manager for the program as her mother is a past graduate of the Cherokee County DUI Court. Heather’s goals include helping participants overcome addictions through the components of the Cherokee County DUI court and the Cherokee County Misdemeanor Drug Court programs, providing a service to Cherokee County residents by reducing recidivism of DUI and drug offenders, and to provide a professional, welcoming atmosphere for program participants.

 

Emily Lenz: Probation

Emily Lenz has been a team member of the DUI/Drug Court Program since January 2015. While she may be the newest member of the team, she is an experienced Probation Officer with Georgia Probation Management. Emily graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She is looking forward to working with the team and participants of the DUI and Drug Court Programs.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Page: Probation

Steve P. Page, co-founded GPM in 1993. He currently serves as the President and CEO of GPM, manages the day-to-day operations and personally works with the contracting of court systems. Steve is readily accessible to the courts and their staff.

As GPM’s Chief Executive Officer, Steve brings more than thirty- five (35) years of law enforcement and criminal justice experience to GPM. A graduate of Brenau University with a dual major in criminal justice and public administration, Steve combines his formal education with nine years as a law enforcement officer and seven years of experience with the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole and the Georgia Department of Corrections/Probation Division.

Steve is a certified Peace Officer Standards and Training instructor and has over 1,800 hours of law enforcement training, including the training of State Probation and Parole Officers. Steve is a graduate of Leadership Cherokee and was selected as an Outstanding Young Man of America. He continues his community involvement as a member of the Optimist Club, Rotary Club, and other civic clubs and organizations. In 2001, Steve was appointed to the County and Municipal Probation Advisory Council by Governor Roy Barnes and was reappointed in 2006 and 2010 by Governor Sonny Perdue.

Kryss Roch

Kryss Roch is an Assistant Solicitor General with the Cherokee County Office of the Solicitor General, where she has worked since she joined the office as a legal intern in 2005. She has been the Cherokee County Misdemeanor Drug Court prosecutor since 2012. Kryss received her juris doctorate from the Georgia State University College of Law in 2006. In 2014, she was honored to have been named, along with her mentor, Chief Assistant Solicitor General Barry Hixson, by the Appalachian Trail Traffic Enforcement Network as the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Prosecutor of the Year.

 

 

 

 

Orie Jackson: Compliance Officer

I have been a deputy with Cherokee County Sheriff’s office for over 11 years. I was assigned to the Adult Detention center from August 2003 until September 2005 when I went into the Field Training program January 2006. I was assigned to the Hickory Flat Precinct from January 2006 until July 2013 as a patrol deputy. I was then transferred to the Cherokee County DUI/(m) Drug/and the Blue Ridge Judicial circuit Felony drug courts as a compliance officer.

 

 

 

 

George Hicks: Compliance Officer

Attended Georgia State College and Reinhardt College. Worked for the Cherokee County Sherriff’s Office for over 10 years and retired as a Captain, Administrative Services, October 1, 1999. Actively engaged in Cherokee County DUI/Drug Treatment Court as compliance officer since 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

Angela D’Agata: Program Coordinator

Angela is the Coordinator for both the Cherokee County DUI/Drug Court and the Cherokee County Misdemeanor Drug Court. She was born and raised in Woodstock, GA and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Behavioral Science from Kennesaw State University. Angela’s experience in criminal justice and accountability courts comes from previous years working as a paralegal for a law firm as well as a Probation Officer for the Cherokee County DUI/Drug Treatment Court.

 

 

 

williamsJeff Williams: Defense Counsel

Jeff is a private attorney operating out of The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Williams, LLC. Jeff has been married for thirty-eight years to his wife Diane who assists him in his office. They both have electrical engineering degrees. They have three sons who also have engineering degrees. Jeff grew up as a military dependent and pursued his engineering degree from the University of South Florida and later an MBA from Kennesaw State University. He practiced engineering for twenty-five years traveling the world to fulfill corporate objectives and commitments. He received his Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School and has been practicing for ten years. Jeff’s current focuses are criminal, juvenile, domestic, and personal injury law. He has been the defense counsel on the DUI court since 2007 and is available for consultation and questions regarding issues that concern participants.

lockeKen Locke: Captain, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office

Captain Locke is Commander of Court Services, Warrants and GCIC. He has served Cherokee County since 1986. Captain Locke oversees Court Services that provides security for Superior, State, Juvenile, Probate and Magistrate Courts held at the Cherokee County Justice Center. He is a graduate of Columbus State University with a Master of Public Administration, Calumet College, Associate of Criminal Justice, Reinhardt University with a Bachelor’s of Public Safety Leadership, F.B.I. National Academy, and Georgia Association Chiefs of Police Member.

 

 

 

mcelyeaDavid McElyea: Prosecutor

I am currently the prosecutor for the Cherokee County D.U.I. Court program. As a TEAM Member, my duties include (1.) reviewing the criminal histories of all D.U.I. offenders in the State Court of Cherokee County, determining whether they are candidates for the program; (2.) attending D.U.I. Court arraignment on behalf of the State; presenting pleas and negotiating resolutions with defense attorneys; (3.) gathering evidence on and investigating open D.U.I cases; (4.) formally bringing charges against (or accusing) defendants, (5.) attending all staffing meetings of the D.U.I. Team, discussing each participant and assisting in the imposition of sanctions for participants in violation of program rules, and (6.) prosecuting probation revocations or other legal hearings on behalf of the State dealing with D.U.I. Court participants.