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New Forsyth County Solicitor to get $10K in local supplement



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March 19, 2013
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $10,000 local supplement for the new Forsyth County Solicitor appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to replace Leslie Abernathy-Maddox.

Governor Nathan Deal appointed Donna S. Gopaul of Cumming to the position Forsyth County Solicitor.

Gopaul's salary will be $103,492.

At their work session, Commissioners voted for the $10,000 local supplement.

"The local supplement is to add additional compensation for cost of living," said Pat Carson, Forsyth County's personnel services director.

Abernathy-Maddox was appointed to State Court in Forsyth County and filled a vacancy created by Judge Philip Smith's appointment to Superior Court as part of a vacancy created by the passage of Senate Bill 356 during the 2012 session of the General Assembly.

Gopaul served as assistant solicitor-general for nearly four years until December 2011 and owns her own law firm. She had also served as assistant public defender in the Griffin Judicial Circuit and as assistant solicitor-general in the Forsyth County Solicitor-General's Office.

Gopaul got her bachelor's from Agnes Scott College and her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

The solicitor's office prosecutes all misdemeanor cases.

For counties that have state courts, there is no statewide salary for solicitors. Their salaries are established only by local law and paid for by the county.

The commissioners are specifically authorized by state law to provide a supplement to the salary set by local legislation.

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