Governor Kemp Announces Judicial & Department of Revenue Appointments

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Governor Brian P. Kemp announced two appointments, selecting Tadia D. Whitner to serve on the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit Superior Court and Jessica M. Simmons to serve as Deputy Commissioner at the Georgia Department of Revenue.

 Tadia Whitner

"After serving our country as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, Tadia Whitner brought invaluable leadership and legal expertise to her work as a prosecutor, private attorney, and judge for municipal and juvenile court," said Governor Kemp. "Now, I am honored to appoint her to the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit Superior Court where I am confident that she will govern her courtroom with the utmost integrity and impartiality."

After graduating from Howard University with her bachelor’s and law degrees, Tadia D. Whitner served as an attorney and earned the rank of Captain in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard. Following her military service, Whitner prosecuted cases for the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Justice and Florida Office of the Attorney General, represented clients through the Savannah Office of the Public Defender, and served as a staff attorney for the Chatham County Juvenile Court. From 2009 to 2011, Whitner was a solo practitioner at the Whitner Law Firm and later became the managing partner of Porter and Whitner Law Group, P.C. Whitner also served as an associate judge for the Municipal Court of Snellville and a juvenile court judge for Gwinnett County. She is a member of Leadership Georgia’s Class of 2019 and involved in the Air Force Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Georgia Association of Women Attorneys, Gwinnett County Bar Association, National Council of Negro Women, and United Way of Greater Metro Atlanta. She is also a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett’s Class of 2018 and award recipient, including Howard University Alumni Association - Atlanta Chapter’s “Distinguished Alumni Award” and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity - Gwinnett Chapter’s “Outstanding Leadership Award.” Whitner lives in Lawrenceville with her husband and two children.

 Jessica Simmons

"Jessica Simmons is a trusted leader with a remarkable attention to detail and unwavering commitment to excellence," said Governor Kemp. "Over the years, she has demonstrated effective leadership in every one of her roles, and I know that she will make a lasting, positive impact at the Department of Revenue by streamlining operations and eliminating burdensome red tape. Jessica is an invaluable asset to my administration."

"We are excited to welcome Jessica Simmons to the Department of Revenue," said State Revenue Commissioner David Curry. "Her skill-set is a great match for the Department's priorities - putting hardworking Georgians first and ensuring top-notch customer service."

Jessica M. Simmons, a native of Marietta, holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia. Simmons began her career in public service in the Office of the Georgia Secretary of State where she focused on customer service and constituent affairs. After working in Washington, D.C., Simmons returned to Georgia as the Assistant Director of the Georgia Elections Division. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff in the Secretary of State’s Office. Simmons and her husband, Matt, live with their daughter in Sandy Springs and attend St. Jude’s Catholic Church.