Linkous to serve Gwinnett county attorney role

William Linkous

William Linkous

Gwinnett officials will hire a new county attorney, three years after the last officer resigned in the wake of a land purchase scandal.

Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash announced Friday the choice of William J. Linkous III to lead the county law department. If commissioners approve the appointment Tuesday, Linkous will join the county staff May 19.

“We believe that Bill’s many years of varied experience, including service with several local governments, have given him the right combination of background and skills to serve Gwinnett as our county attorney,” Nash said in a press release. “We look forward to his being part of our team. As we welcome Bill, I would also like to thank Deputy County Attorney Van Stephens for leading the department in the interim.”

Linkous’s resume includes a stint as senior assistant county attorney for Gwinnet early in his career, as well as working as DeKalb’s county attorney.

Stephens has served as interim county attorney since the resignation of Karen Thomas, one of two county staffers who left the government in 2011 in the wake of a grand jury investigation involving land purchases that lead to criminal charges for one county commissioners and the resignation of then-chairman Charles Bannister.