Amy Weirich became Shelby County District Attorney in January of 2011. She was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam and then was elected on Aug. 3, 2012, to serve the remaining two years on the term of her predecessor, Bill Gibbons. She was re-elected to a full eight-year term on Aug. 7, 2014.
She is the first woman to serve as District Attorney General in Shelby County.
Gen. Weirich joined the DA’s Office in 1991 as a courtroom prosecutor, handling many high-profile criminal cases and serving in many leadership roles. She was chief prosecutor of the Gang and Narcotics Prosecution Unit and Division Leader for the Special Prosecution Unit in Criminal Court.
Gen. Weirich helped create the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the first federal, state and local law enforcement organization designed to curb gang activity. In 2011, the MGU imposed the state’s first anti-gang injunction in the Riverside neighborhood of Memphis.
As District Attorney, Gen. Weirich not only has pushed for harsher punishment for violent offenders, but also has embraced innovative ways to prevent crime. Gen. Weirich’s office sponsors the annual Do The Write Thing anti-violence essay contest for students, runs the Truancy Reduction Mentoring Program and created Lives Worth Saving, a prostitution-diversion program with Calvary Episcopal Church and nonprofit organizations.
Hundreds of students with perfect attendance have received free bicycles in a partnership program that includes the DA’s Office, the Hyde Family Foundation and the Memphis Police Department.
Gen. Weirich serves on numerous boards and commissions, including the Family Safety Center, the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center and the YMCA, among others.
On Gen. Weirich’s watch, the DA’s Office has been listed among the Top 50 Workplaces in Shelby County by The Commercial Appeal.
A graduate of Germantown High School, Gen. Weirich earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.
Gen. Weirich and her husband, Chuck, have four children and are members of St. Louis Catholic Church.