Peter J. Skandalakis is a career prosecutor who serves as the Executive Director for the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. Prior to his appointment, he spent his entire legal career as a prosecutor in the Coweta Judicial Circuit since graduating from law school in 1984. He began as an Assistant District Attorney, was promoted to Chief Assistant in 1987, and was appointed the District Attorney in 1992. Later in the same year, he won a contested election, and was re-elected without opposition each following term, serving a total of six terms as District Attorney.
While in office as District Attorney, Mr. Skandalakis was responsible for overseeing the prosecution of thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases. In the last several years, he successfully prosecuted several “cold case” homicides, one being the Connie Quedens case, a seventeen year-old Troup County homicide that brought closure to the victim’s family members who had lost their loved one almost two decades earlier. In addition, his office solved the thirty-three-year-old murder of Gwendolyn Moore, who had been killed by her husband in 1970. These prosecutions have garnered national attention when he was featured on three national television shows - 48 Hours, DateLine NBC and A&E Cold Case Files.
Under his administration in the District Attorney’s Office, the Victim Assistance Program expanded from one employee to eleven, making it one of the largest prosecution-based Victim Assistance Programs in the State of Georgia. Another priority of his administration was to run an office that is innovative, efficient, and up to date on the latest technology, employs effective case management and is managed in a manner that is mindful of the resources made available by the taxpayers.
Mr. Skandalakis’ commitment to prosecution has been evident throughout his years as a public servant as he has been involved in legislative matters concerning public safety. He initiated and lobbied for a criminal statute requiring life in prison for persons convicted of second and subsequent child molestation offenses. In 1997, he also initiated and lobbied for legislation which increased the range of punishment from a misdemeanor to a felony for a person convicted of concealing the death of another person.
Mr. Skandalakis has used his professional expertise in various capacities. He has served as President of the District Attorney’s Association of Georgia, served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council for two terms, and was a member of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council Board of Directors for an additional six years. He has also served as Chairman of Georgia’s Basic Litigation Course for New Prosecutors for fourteen years, Chairman of the Board for the PROJECT L.O.V.E. Domestic Violence Shelter, and has appeared as a guest speaker at various Citizen Police Academies throughout West Georgia. He has also been a featured speaker at Prosecution and Victim’s Assistance training conferences throughout the state and country on such topics as Cold Case Prosecutions, Professionalism and Ethics.
In 2016 Mr. Skandalakis was appointed to serve as a board member of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. He also received the prestigious Governor’s Public Safety award for his “Outstanding Contribution to the Public Safety Profession” in 2015. Mr. Skandalakis was awarded the “Georgia District Attorney of Year” Award in 2007 for his contributions to Georgia’s prosecution community. In 2006, he was honored by the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia with the “J. Roger Thompson Award” for an exceptional Faculty Member of their Basic Litigation for New Prosecutors Course. In 2002, he was honored by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia, with their “Eagle Award”, for his outstanding contributions to victim services in the State of Georgia.
Mr. Skandalakis was born and raised in Atlanta by his Greek parents, John and Eva Skandalakis. He and his wife, Mary, live in LaGrange, where he has been a resident for over thirty years. He has 6 children and 3 grandchildren, and is a member of South Crest Church in LaGrange. Mr. Skandalakis received his Juris Doctorate in 1984, a Masters Degree in Public Administration in 1981, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1978, all from the University of Georgia. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1984.
PETER J. SKANDALAKIS
Perform complex executive level operations
Manage $103 million budget comprised of state, grant and association dollars.
Evaluate, hire and develop the growth of staff to 46+ employees that serve the needs of all prosecutors, investigators, and support personnel for the 49 District Attorneys and 69 Solicitors-General of Georgia.
Provide human resource, payroll and all related support for over 800 state employees.
Advise governing Council, District Attorneys and Solicitors-General regarding matters of policy.
Develop council meeting agendas and present agenda matters during meetings.
Manage and direct attorneys and investigators handling criminal cases statewide.
Provide IT support and oversee the statewide database for case management.
Serve as the liaison to the legislature, state agencies, public safety entities and other allied professionals.
Troup County resident since 1984
Father of six
Member of South Crest Church of LaGrange
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, B.A. (1978)
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Masters in Public Administration (1981)
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Juris Doctorate (1984)
Admitted to Georgia Bar (1984)
Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney (1992-2017)
Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, Chief Assistant District Attorney (1987-1992)
Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney (1984-1987)
Featured speaker at various national and state Prosecutor’s Conferences
Board Member of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Georgia District Attorneys Association
President (1998) Member (1990-Present)
National District Attorneys Association
National Organization for Victim Assistance
Troup, Carroll, Coweta Bar Associations
Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia
Board Chairman (2004 and 2005)
Board Member (2001-2005, 2007- 2011)
Chairperson, Basic Litigation Course for New Prosecutors (2001-present)
PROJECT L.O.V.E. Domestic Violence Shelter
Board Chairman (1999)
Youth League Soccer Coach
Upward Bound Basketball Program Volunteer
Citizen Police Academies, Speaker
2017 “Distinguished Service Award” – Troup County Bar Association
2015 “Contribution to the Public Safety Profession” – Governor’s Public Safety
2007 Georgia’s District Attorney of the Year
2006 J. Roger Thompson Award - Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia
2002 Eagle Award – Governor’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia
Morning Plenary Speaker
- Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia