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 honored Kelly Durrence as Probation Officer of the Year at the Seventh Annual GDC Awards program on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at State Offices South at Tift College.
“Kelly is dedicated to her job and takes pride in her work,” said Commissioner Brian Owens. “She represents herself and the Department well,” added Owens.
Durrence works in the Brunswick Probation Office as a Surveillance Officer. Last year, Durrence received an Impact Award from the Georgia Probation Association and a Commissioner’s Coin. She is also a member of the Glynn County Search and Rescue Unit.
Several key officials were on hand for the ceremony, which was attended by 200 guests. Making the award presentation with the Commissioner were Board of Corrections Chairman Jim Whitehead, Sr., Assistant Corrections Commissioner Fredrick J. Head, State Representative Jay Neal 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.