On January 11, 2011, Mercer Law alumnus Deron Hicks (J.D., cum laude, 1993) became the Inspector General for the State of Georgia. Hicks will direct the Office of Inspector General which is responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and misconduct in the Executive Branch of state government.
Hicks, 42, was a partner with the Columbus law firm of Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker & Ford prior to his appointment. “He has been a valued member of this firm, but we do believe this is an excellent opportunity to serve the public and the governor in an important position,” said Bill Tucker a senior partner with the firm. Deron also served for three years as general counsel for the Homebuilders Association of Georgia.
Hicks is an adjunct professor at Mercer Law School and has served on the Law Alumni Board of Directors since 2009. He was a 2005 recipient of “Forty Under Forty: The Best and the Brightest” by Georgia Trend magazine. Deron resides in Warm Springs, Georgia with his wife Angela, also a 1993 graduate of Mercer Law School, and their two children Meg and Parker.