Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner
Director of Public Affairs
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (404) 656-9772
STATE OF GEORGIA
For Immediate Release
Atlanta – The Department of Corrections awarded Retiree Brenda Murrell with the Legacy Award at the Sixth Annual GDC Awards program on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at the State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth.
“The Department is proud to recognize such an outstanding employee,” said Commissioner Brian Owens. “Her time here and service was greatly appreciated,” added Owens.
Ms. Murrell began her career with the Georgia Department of Corrections in 1979 as a Counselor at Men’s State Prison. She served in many positions to include Assistant Superintendent at the Albany Transitional Center, Superintendent, and Warden. Before her retirement in 2006, she became the first female to hold position of Facilities Division Director.
Several key officials were on hand for the ceremony, which was attended by more than 300 guests. Making the award presentation with the Commissioner were Board of Corrections Chairman Larry Wynn, Assistant Corrections Commissioner Derrick Schofield, and special guest speaker, Brigadier General (Ret.) C. Stewart Rodeheaver.The Department of Corrections is the fifth largest prison system in the United States and is responsible for supervising nearly 60,000 state prisoners and over 150,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 13,000 employees.