Georgia Department of Corrections
James E. Donald, Commissioner

Director of Public Information
Susan Phillips

Contact: Office of Public Affairs (404) 656-9772

For Immediate Release

Waycross Resident Receives Corrections Legacy Award

GDC Board Member Tommy Rouse Honored

AtlantaThe Georgia Department of Corrections recently honored Waycross native Tommy Rouse at the Fourth Annual GDC Awards held at the Capitol Education Center Auditorium in Atlanta.

“Tommy Rouse is an exemplary Board member and an integral part of our team,” said Corrections Commissioner James E. Donald. “We are privileged to have him serve on our Board and look forward to having him around for a long time.”

Several key officials were on hand for the ceremony that 300 guests attended.  Making the award presentation with the Commissioner were Governor Sonny Perdue, Board of Corrections Chairman Wayne Dasher and Assistant Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens.

Rouse, a Korean War Veteran, is Chairman of the Ware County Commissioners. He has also served with the Waycross Police Department and Ware County Sheriff’s Office. Rouse also served as Chief Probation Officer and Probation Regional Director. The Tommy Rouse Diversion Center located in Waycross is named in honor of Mr. Rouse.

The Department of Corrections is the fifth largest prison system in the United States and is responsible for supervising over 55,000 state prisoners and 140,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with nearly 15,000 employees.