Longtime Macon prosecutor Sandra G. Matson resigns

Longtime assistant prosecutor Sandra G. Matson, Macon and Bibb County’s most veteran criminal prosecutor, unexpectedly resigned Monday.

Matson’s resignation comes weeks after six other attorneys in the DA’s office resigned for similar roles in neighboring Houston County.

Matson, who was the chief of judicial operations for Bibb County, had worked for the office for two and a half decades since graduating from Mercer University Law School in 1995.

Reached by phone Monday afternoon, Matson declined to discuss why she was stepping down. She said that she was “looking around” for another job and that she hoped to “get back on my feet”.

His departure comes in the 10th month of DA Anita Reynolds Howard’s tenure. More than a dozen deputy attorneys have left for other jobs since taking office in January.

In a statement late Monday afternoon, Reynolds Howard said his office had in recent days “implemented a restructuring of organizational leadership” and noted “an increase in talent departures” both in the prosecutor’s office. and Sheriff Bibb’s office.

The statement said the changes in her office were “based on need and vision with the anticipation of staff changes” and quoted Reynolds Howard as saying she appreciated Matson’s service and wished Matson luck.

The prosecutor said in the statement that his office “is actively recruiting and hiring” and that “the wheels of justice will continue to turn in the Macon judicial circuit,” which includes Peach and Crawford counties.

Reynolds Howard’s statement said that in early September his office hired five assistant prosecutors.

According to the Telegraph‘s tally, 17 deputy prosecutors from the office – which employs around 22 of these lawyers – have resigned since the first of the year.

This story was originally published October 18, 2021 12:47 pm.

Joe Kovac Jr. covers crime and the courts for The Telegraph with an eye on human interest stories. Joe is a native of Warner Robins and a graduate of Warner Robins High. He joined The Telegraph in 1991 after graduating from the University of Georgia. As a 1991 Pulliam Fellowship recipient, Joe worked for Indianapolis News. His stories have appeared in the Washington Post, Seattle Times, and Atlanta Magazine. He was a Livingston Award finalist and won numerous Georgia Press Association and Georgia Associated Press awards.
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