Chris Carr, Dunwoody resident and commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development, has been named the state’s new attorney general by Gov. Nathan Deal. He steps into his new job Nov. 1.

Chris Carr, commissioner for Georgia's Department of Economic Development.
Chris Carr of Dunwoody has been appointed as the state’s attorney general. (Photo Dyana Bagby)

Deal appointed Carr to the top lawyer post in the state on Wednesday, Oct. 12, after Sam Olens resigned the post to become president of Kennesaw State University.

Carr, a Republican, was appointed as the commissioner of the state’s economic development department by Deal in 2013.

“Carr’s experience as an attorney, job creator and public servant make him the ideal candidate to fill the role of Georgia’s attorney general,” said Deal in a statement. “He is a leader with common sense, brilliant intellect and a wide range of experiences at the global, federal and state levels. That perspective will allow Chris to support and defend the laws of Georgia and the interests of our people. This role is a hybrid one of attorney, manager and public servant, and Chris is well qualified for it.”

Carr, who attended Marist School and got his law degree from the University of Georgia, said he looked forward to serving Georgia.

“I am truly honored and humbled that Gov. Deal has placed his confidence in me,” said Carr in a statement. “As I take on this new responsibility, I believe there is no more solemn duty than to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution and laws of the state of Georgia, and the interests of the people of our great state. The seriousness of this work requires focus on a smooth transition and a readiness to tackle our state’s challenges and opportunities—and that’s what Georgians should expect to see from me.”

Before becoming the commissioner of economic development, Carr served as chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson.

In March, Carr gave the keynote address at the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber and discussed how the state’s and DeKalb’s economy were thriving.

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.