Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner
Director of Public Affairs
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STATE OF GEORGIA
For Immediate Release
Forsyth - The Department of Corrections awarded Chief Probation Officer Scott Chitwood with the Cynthia Floyd Award at the Seventh Annual GDC Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth.
The award was created to honor Cynthia Floyd-Rolle for her exceptional humanitarian acts and personal sacrifice beyond the call of duty. Ms. Floyd-Rolle served as a Probation Officer for more than 15 years, until her tragic death in 2001.
Chief Chitwood is an active member of the following non-profit organizations, the Mountain Circuit Family Violence Task Force, Habersham County Special Olympics, Atlanta Shriners and the Toccoa Masonic Lodge. As an active member, Chief Chitwood, has organized events for these non-profits and has assisted in raising close to $10,000 for these special causes.
"Chitwood is a selfless and committed individual," said Commissioner Brian Owens. "He constantly, without fail, goes above and beyond the call of duty," added Commissioner Owens.
Chief Chitwood began his career with the department in 1988 as a Probation Officer in the Waycross Judicial Circuit. In August 1989, Chief Chitwood transferred to the Mountain Judicial Circuit where he was promoted to Chief Probation Officer in April 2000. In March 2011, Chief Chitwood received the Commissioner’s Coin for his efforts in raising $1,438.75 for the Special Olympics for the department.
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.