Judge Bills began her public service career as an Assistant District Attorney for the Rockdale Judicial Circuit after graduating from the University of Georgia Law School in 1989. She served in this Office for over 10 years with the last 3 as the Chief Assistant District Attorney. It was during this tenure that she began her community service as a founding member of the local domestic violence shelter, a volunteer for the Truancy Intervention Program, and the Chair of the United Way Advisory Board.
Upon leaving the District Attorney’s Office, she went into private practice with the law firm of Walker & Waldrop serving clients on a broad spectrum of civil and criminal cases. In 2004, her desire to return to public service, lead her to run for the position of State Court Judge; she was elected and took the bench in January, 2005. Throughout her tenure, she has built a reputation for courtroom management, for utilizing her Court to set precedents and completing tasks for the good of the community.
Some of her accomplishments since taking the bench include: starting a DUI Court in 2007, which seeks to break the cycle of addiction and the crimes that accompany it through a combination of treatment, accountability, and intense court supervision. Judge Bills also serves as Chair of the Rockdale County Family Violence Task Force Against Family Violence. Since 2006, the task force has been active in the community winning The Georgia Commission on Family Violence’s Task Force of the Year in 2008 and Judge Bills was named Georgia’s Task Force Member of the Year in 2011. This focus on family violence provided the basis of her starting a Family Violence Court in 2013. The success of this court was recognized by the Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice in his address to the 2014 General Assembly.
Judge Bills’ has also served as the President of the Rockdale Rotary Club in 2007 and her work was recognized with the Robert Stubbs II “Guardian of Ethics” Award for the Rotary International District in 2012. Likewise the State Bar of Georgia honored her in 2010 with the prestigious Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service. The Judge was re-elected by the citizens of Rockdale County in 2008, 2012 and 2016. She is currently the President-Elect of the State Court Judges Council.
Judge Bills lives in Conyers with her of husband of 27 years, Jeff, and they have a 23 year old daughter, Mary Dabney, who is finishing a dual Masters Degree at UGA in Social Work and Public Health. She also serves in the Celebrate Recovery ministry at Crosspoint Christian Church.
Rockdale County Courthouse
922 Court St.
Conyers, GA 30012
Office: Room 305
Courtroom: Room 309
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
922 Court St., Room 305
Conyers, GA 30012
Judicial Assistant: Tammy Myers, 770-278-7721
Paralegal: Katie Raines, 770-278-7729
DUI Court Coordinator: Shawonna Gaither, 770-278-7736
Bailiff: Paula Shannon, 770-278-7730
Angela Bentley: Pretrial Services Coordinator, 770-278-7967