JONESBORO — Well-wishers lined up to hug Tracy Graham Lawson as she retired after more than 10 years as Clayton County District Attorney.

Assistant District Attorney John Fowler will serve as interim DA until her position is filled. Solicitor Tasha Mosley has expressed interest in running for DA.

Lawson, 61, won election to the county’s top prosecutor’s office three times since 2008. A 1984 graduate of University of North Carolina Law, she was admitted to the Georgia Bar the same year and started her career in Clayton County as an assistant district attorney, trying 90 cases before juries. From 1995, Lawson served as juvenile court judge for 13 years before running for DA. In 2015, her peers statewide named her Georgia District Attorney of the Year.

During her career, Lawson said, she had never had a reversal on one of her decisions as judge. She also said she prosecuted all appeals on the 90 cases she had as ADA.

Under Lawson’s tenure, the DA’s office has had a history of making charitable donations. As a parting gift of sorts, Lawson and Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David Cook donated forfeiture funds to Gigi’s House, a faith-based home for girls ages 13 to 19 who have escaped sex trafficking.

On July 29, Lawson’s office wrote a $200,000 check to Gigi’s House. Cook sent another $100,000 and Lawson sent another $50,000.

The money will allow Gigi’s House to expand the number of beds on site. Director Sabrina Crawford says the goal is to set up a small “village” for about 50 girls.

Lawson said she may go into private practice and is getting ready for track and field events in the Georgia Golden Olympics.

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