Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner
Director of Public Affairs
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (478) 992-5248
STATE OF GEORGIA
For Immediate Release
Forsyth - The Department of Corrections awarded Tracie Stone, Milledgeville PARC Personnel Manager and Rodney Stone, GDC Business Processes Management Specialist with the Individual Fitness Award at the Seventh Annual GDC Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth.
Tracie and Rodney Stone took action to help correctional officer applicants pass the 2009 physical standard test for new hires. In order to inspire others to become physically fit, the Stones along with several other Georgia Department of Corrections employees joined a local newspaper's fourth annual 2010 weight loss challenge. Over a period of 13 weeks, the Stones had a combined weight loss of 94 pounds.
"Their commitment to a physical fitness program has been an influence to others," said Assistant Commissioner Fred Head. "Tracie and Rodney Stone have exemplified the Commissioner's motto of purpose, passion and performance," added Assistant Commissioner Head.
Tracie Stone began her career with the department in 1996 as a Clerk at Baldwin State Prison. From 2000-2002, Tracie Stone received two promotions as Personnel Tech and Personnel Manager. In October 2008, she was transferred to Milledgeville PARC where she now works as Personnel Manager.
Rodney Stone began his career with department in 1998 as a Business Manager at the Macon Transitional Center. From 2000-2006, Rodney Stone was transferred to Bostick State Prison and Scott State Prison where he was promoted as Deputy Warden in Administration. In February 2008, he was promoted to Business Processes Management Specialist at Central Office at Tift College.
Several key officials were on hand for the ceremony, which was attended by 200 guests. Assisting the presentation of awards with Commissioner Brian Owens were Assistant Corrections Commissioner Fredrick Head, Human Resource Director Patricia Smith, State Representative Jay Neal, Board of Corrections Chairman Jim Whitehead, Sr. and special guest speaker, State Personnel Administration Commissioner Joe Doyle.
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.