By John Schaffner

North Fulton Community Prosecutor Todd Ashley talks with the new Atlanta Police Zone 2 Community Prosecutor Hannah Chung prior to the Buckhead Business Association meeting June 24. Both are assistant district attorneys in the office of Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard introduced Assistant DA Hannah Chung as the new Community Prosecutor for Atlanta Police Zone 2 during a speech to the Buckhead Business Association June24.

Chung, has been with the Fulton D.A.’s Office since October 2006. Prior to that, she worked as a trademark attorney for a small boutique law firm in New York City.

The Fulton County Commission voted unanimously April 21 to fund a community prosecutor for Zone 2, the only Atlanta police zone that had not had a community prosecutor assigned to it. The prosecutor will work in the zone, interact with the public at community meetings and keep residents updated on trial dates and cases.

“Being a Zone 2 Community Prosecutor is more than just my job,” Chung said. Since my family and I live in Buckhead, I have a vested interest in curtailing crime in and around Zone 2.”

Chung received a bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. She is a member of the Georgia and New York bars.

Chung is married to a former federal prosecutor who now works as an in-house attorney for a large Atlanta-based company. The couple has two small children.

The reason Zone 2 has been last to receive a community prosecutor is because when the program was started in 1999, the first community prosecutor was assigned to the police zone that had the worst crime problems. That was Zone 6 in southwest Atlanta. Zone 2 has had the lowest incidence of crime of any police zone in the city.

However, following a forceful plea from the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods, Howard had strongly supported adding a community prosecutor for Zone 2, even though money to pay for the position had not been in the county budget.