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Ready to roll: New federal prosecutor will handle Chattanooga cases under Berke initiative

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Meredith Edwards started working as Chattanooga's designated federal prosecutor this week as part of Mayor Andy Berke's public safety initiative. Edwards will be instrumental in prosecuting cases coming out of the High Point Initiative. The goal of the program is to remove violent drug offenders from the streets.

Edwards graduated from law school in 2011. She previously worked in wealth management in Chicago. Edwards, who had a caseload of more than 120 cases as a special assistant attorney in the U.S. attorney's office in San Jose, Calif., said she has tried one case.

Q: What made you want to accept a position in Chattanooga? That's far away from California.

A: It truly was, initially, the position. It is what I have been working for and at the end of the day my goal was to work in violent crimes as a federal prosecutor. This particular position, though, is very unique because it's so focused on the relationship with a particular city. And … Mayor Berke's High Point Initiative — I'm just honored to be included in it. It's something I believe in. It's so nice to be under leadership — both under Mayor Berke and [U.S. Attorney] Bill Killian — [who] really believe in it and are doing something about it. It's an honor to be part of it. That being said, once I came for my interview I just am thrilled to be here in Chattanooga. I am just obsessed. It's really so charming. There are so many awesome things about this city that I just feel so lucky, not only to have the position, but in a place I feel so lucky to be in.

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