Dance, who is paid a salary of $118,412, would replace Dorothy Bishop, who retired as county attorney in December with a salary of $160,850.
With a staff of eight attorneys and three legal assistants, and an annual budget of more than $1.8 million, the county attorney’s office, along with outside counsel, represents and provides legal counsel to all departments of county government, the five-member Board of Commissioners, and other elected and appointed Cobb County officials, including the sheriff; county police department, the tax commissioner; tax assessor; Superior Court clerk; and State Court judges, clerks, and administrative staff, county spokesman Robert Quigley said.
Dance has served as assistant county attorney since 2001. She has worked for the county since 1995, serving as staff attorney, associate attorney and senior associate attorney. Prior to that, she was a magistrate judge in Oconee County.
“We opened it up to everybody, and we got a lot of good quality candidates that applied for the position,” Lee said. “In the end, when we went through the process of evaluation of human resources with the committee, she was found to have and was recommended to me as having the best overall capabilities and skills necessary to take the department to the next level in the future.”
There were 55 applications received for the job, with 31 of those referred to a selection committee made up of Col. Don Bartlett with the Cobb Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Brian Batterton with Cobb Police; Faye DiMassimo, director of the Cobb Department of Transportation; Cobb State Court Judge Irma Glover; Rob Hosack, community development director; District Attorney Vic Reynolds and Glenn Stephens, who as administrator and former county attorney for Gwinnett County serves in the role that David Hankerson does as county manager for Cobb.
Dance grew up in South Carolina just across the Savannah River from Augusta, and later outside of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Georgia Law School in 1989.
She lives in Kennesaw with her husband, Jeff Johnson. The couple has two sons: Robert Johnson, a rising junior at Georgia Tech, and William Johnson, a rising junior at Kell High School. They attend Briarcliff United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
“I’m honored to be recommended and excited about the opportunity to be of continued service to the county and Board of Commissioners,” Dance said.