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Alabama District Attorneys Association elects Tom Anderson new president

The Alabama District Attorneys Association has elected a new president, Tom Anderson of Enterprise.

The ADAA chose Anderson as the new president at the 2018-2019 summer ADAA meeting and training conference. Jill Lee of Columbiana was elected vice president, and Chris Connolly of Florence was selected as secretary-treasurer.Brian McVeigh of Anniston, who was last year’s president, will continue in a role as immediate past president, and Mike O’Dell of Fort Payne will be the state association’s representative to the National District Attorneys Association.

“It is an absolute honor to have the support of my fellow district attorneys and to help lead this body for the next year,” Anderson said. “We have a lot we hope to accomplish legislatively and many goals for ourselves to improve our ability to do what we do effectively.

Anderson said the ADAA is a group of hardworking, caring prosecutors who work for victims and their respective communities with a servant’s heart.

“We don’t fight for convictions,” Anderson said. “We want to seek the truth, and our goal is to achieve justice. We hope that our work makes this state a safer and better place to live.”

Anderson, who was first elected district attorney for Coffee and Pike counties in the 12th Judicial Circuit in 2010, served as an assistant district attorney in the circuit for nearly seven years prior to that.

He was raised in Enterprise, graduated from Enterprise High School, and earned his undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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“Tom brings a wealth of experience to the position, and he has a strong track record of service to the community,” said ADAA Executive Director Barry Matson. “Not only has he prosecuted thousands of felony cases, Tom also has served in various capacities in both professional and community organizations, including the Alabama Sentencing Commission, the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center and the Wiregrass Angel House.”

The Alabama District Attorneys Association’s Executive Committee includes at-large members Michael Jackson of Selma, Kenneth Davis of Phenix City, Spencer Walker of Grove Hill, Ashley Rich of Mobile, Randall Houston of Wetumpka and Daryl Bailey of Montgomery.


Chip Brownlee is a former political reporter, online content manager and webmaster at the Alabama Political Reporter. He is now a reporter at The Trace, a non-profit newsroom covering guns in America.

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