Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner
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STATE OF GEORGIA
For Immediate Release
Forsyth - The Department of Corrections awarded Assistant Commissioner Fredrick Head with the Legacy Award at the Seventh Annual GDC Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth.
"If you think about Department of Corrections, this man is the embodiment of the department," said Commissioner Brian Owens. "His dedication and service will forever be appreciated," added Commissioner Owens.
Assistant Commissioner Head began his career with the Department of Corrections as Warden at Men's State Prison. He, then, transferred to Hancock State Prison, Augusta State Medical Prison, Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, Autry State Prison and Macon State Prison. During his time with the department, he was promoted to Field Operations Manager serving the North, Central and Southwest areas.
In 2011, due to his professional expertise and experience, Commissioner Brian Owens asked a retired Fred Head to come out of retirement and join him as his Assistant Commissioner on an interim basis. Assistant Commissioner Head is a graduate of Mercer University with a degree in Education and a graduate of Leadership Corrections and Leadership Georgia.
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.