Candace L. Byrd
Candace L. Byrd received her B.A. from Georgia State University and her J.D. degree from the Howard University School of Law. She began her career in the areas of medical malpractice, criminal defense, workers’ compensation and probate law at the law firm of Forrest B. Johnson & Associates, where she practiced for seven years. Subsequently, Byrd started her own practice, focusing in the areas of criminal defense and general practice.
In June 2003, Mayor Shirley Franklin appointed Byrd as the Acting Chief Public Defender for the City Court of Atlanta. In January 2005, Byrd became a Deputy Director for the Municipal Court Office of the Public Defender. The office was responsible for handling over 25,000 cases each year for indigent defendants. In 2007, Byrd was appointed as Director of the office.
In January 2010, Byrd was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed as 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.