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April 29, 2024

District Attorney Keith Higgins announces the retirement of the following senior staff members of the Appling-Jeff Davis Office of the District Attorney’s Office for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit.

Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Jan Kennedy retired after serving over 27 years as a prosecutor in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit. ADA Kennedy served as the Managing Attorney in the Appling-Jeff Davis Office for many years and was named Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney under DA Higgins in February 2021 until April 2023. ADA Kennedy was initially hired as an Assistant District Attorney in February of 1997, under then District Attorney, now Honorable Judge Stephen D. Kelley. ADA Kennedy received her Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina in 1990, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern College in 1985, and she was a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia in 1978, receiving her Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science in 1978.

Legal Assistant (LA) Glenda Sue Spell retired after serving almost 26 years with the District Attorney’s Office. LA Spell started her career as a secretary in 1998 under (then) District Attorney Stephen D. Kelley. Over the years, the position and title changed, and encompassed the duties and responsibilities of a legal assistant. In that capacity, LA Spell became an integral part of the Appling-Jeff Davis Office.

A retirement ceremony was hosted by DA Higgins and the Appling-Jeff Davis Office for ADA Kennedy and LA Spell on February 22, 2024, at the Commissioner’s Meeting Room in the Appling Courthouse Annex. Both were presented with plaques commemorating their service from DA Higgins, who also thanked them for their service, professionalism and dedication to the Office of the District Attorney and the people of Appling and Jeff Davis Counties.

Members of the media with further questions may contact the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office at 912-554-7200.