The Cobb County government’s lead attorney has announced her impending leave, intending to retire later this summer after nearly a quarter of a century working for the county.
Deborah Dance had been appointed county attorney six years ago following the retirement of Dorothy Bishop. Prior to being named to the lead role, she held every other attorney position in the office: staff attorney, associate attorney, senior associate attorney and assistant county attorney, the latter of which she held for 12 years.
“After 24 years with the County, six of them as County Attorney, it is time for me to move along — leaving opportunities for other capable and talented individuals in the County Attorney’s Office to continue to work with you and on behalf of the Board and citizens of Cobb,” Dance wrote in an email to county staff. “I am privileged to have served alongside each of you, who are collectively a great team of dedicated professionals.”
Dance, whose annual salary is $186,100, will retire in late August, according to county spokesperson Ross Cavitt.
In a letter to Cobb commissioners, Dance wrote that her plans after retirement entailed returning to private practice “with a continued emphasis on governmental law.”
As head of the county’s legal department, Dance oversees six staff members and a team of 10 attorneys plus herself, she said. Her department’s budget for fiscal 2019 is $2,746,722, according to Cavitt.