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Candace L. Byrd, Esq., Assistant Secretary
Candace L. Byrd is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and was educated in the Fulton County Public School System. She received her B.A. from Georgia State University in 1991 and her Juris Doctor Degree from the Howard University School of Law in 1994, where she was a member of the National Moot Court Team. She began her legal career in the areas of medical malpractice, criminal defense, workers’ compensation and probate law.  In June 2003, Mayor Shirley Franklin appointed Ms. Byrd as the Acting Chief Public Defender for the City Court of Atlanta. In January 2005, Ms. Byrd became a Deputy Director for the Municipal Court Office of the Public Defender.  In 2007, Ms. Byrd was appointed by Mayor Franklin as the Director of the office.

In January 2010, Ms. Byrd was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed as Acting Chief of Staff of the City of Atlanta. She is responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Mayor on legislative and political issues and serves as liaison to the public and private sectors in fostering partnerships and the development of revenue generating initiatives; and providing supervision and policy direction over External Affairs & International Relations, Constituent Services, Communications, Human Services, all festivals/special events and special projects. 

Ms. Byrd is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense lawyers and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a mentor in the EverybodyWins! Atlanta, which is a program that encourages reading through a partnership of professionals with elementary students. Ms. Byrd is a frequent speaker on issues of indigent defense. She was a featured guest on the Layman’s Lawyer and was featured in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta 2005. She has devoted time to exposing young students to the political and civic arena by introducing them to state and local legislators and members of the judiciary.