About the District Attorney
Bert Poston was born in Laurinburg, North Carolina, the first child of Herbert and Patricia Poston originally of Hemingway, South Carolina. Bert and his parents moved to Dalton in the early 70's after Bert's father accepted a job offer at Southern Binders. Bert was five years old. After the birth of Bert's sister in 1976, the family followed a job transfer to Los Angeles, California where they lived for several years. Bert became active with the Boy Scouts of America attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in 1983.
In 1984, the family, including a new baby brother, returned to Dalton and started a family carpet sample business, Poston of Dalton, Inc., which remains in business today. Working full time (2nd shift) for the family business, Bert completed his high school education and graduated from Dalton High School in 1985.
Bert attended the University of Georgia from 1985 to 1989 when he graduated from the business school with honors and a degree in accounting. He continued at UGA for three additional years, graduating cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1992. During law school, Bert completed a summer internship through the Governor's Intern Program with the Whitfield County District Attorney's Office, then under District Attorney (now Judge) Jack Partain.
Bert accepted an offer to become an assistant district attorney and began working in the Whitfield County office on September 8, 1992. In 1996, following Judge Partain's appointment to the Superior Court and Kermit McManus' appointment to District Attorney, Bert was promoted to Chief Assistant District Attorney for Whitfield and Murray Counties and served in that capacity until Mr. McManus' retirement on January 31, 2012 when, by operation of law, Bert took over as Acting District Attorney. Bert was sworn in by Governor Nathan Deal as District Attorney on February 22, 2012
Bert met his wife, Charlotte Polk, a Whitfield County native and graduate of Northwest High School in 1997 and they married in 1999. Bert and Charlotte have four children.
Bert and his family are members of Rockbridge Community Church, attending since 2007. Bert serves on the board of directors of the GreenHouse, an advocacy center for children and adult victims of sexual assault, and on the board of directors for the Kiwanis Club of Dalton, where he has been an active member since 2001.