Farewell June Retirees

RetireeThis month’s featured retiree is Mike Smith, who recently retired from Georgia Department of Transportation with 27 years of faithful service to the State of Georgia.

Mike Smith began his career with the Georgia Department of Transportation on March 6, 1989 as a Maintenance employee. On May 16, 1990 Mike was promoted to Equipment Operator 1 and then again in October to Equipment Operator 2 where he remained for a couple of years. In 1992, Mike’s skills and knowledge were recognized with his advancement to Equipment Operator 3. Mike continued to progress through the ranks of the Department from Highway Maintenance Forman 1 to District Bridge Manager. Mike received an early Christmas present in December of 2012 when he was promoted to Assistant District Maintenance Engineer, where he remained until his retirement on June 16, 2016.

Mike’s many years with GDOT were also evident in his dedication to the job and employees. He was an active member and supporter of the GA Department of Transportation Employees Association, serving in a vast array of positions; always willing to assist.

Mike also serves his community of Junction City at the local Fire Department where he began over 20 years ago and since 2000 has served as the Fire Chief of the Junction City Fire Department. Mike also began serving as the Deputy Coroner in Talbot County in 2012. In his spare time, he enjoys sharing his love of Bar-B-Que and all the trimmings with everyone around him.

After long careers of faithful service to the State of Georgia, please join us in extending congratulations and farewell to Mike Smith and all of Team Georgia’s June 2016  Retirees!

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State Charitable Contributions Program Awards

DOAS Commissioner Sid Johnson with Candace Sommer & Marion Fedrick representing the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for the Governor’s Cup Award.

For over 33 years State of Georgia and University System employees have demonstrated compassion and pride for our local communities. Through efforts of the State Charitable Contributions Program, employees dedicate volunteer hours to various charities or make pledges of payroll deductions for donations to help fellow citizens.

During last year’s 2015-2016 campaign, state employees pledged more than $1.4 million to over 1,350 charities. On Thursday, June 9, 2016, the SCCP held its annual awards ceremony to acknowledge 25 agencies and universities that have gone above and beyond to help them reach their fundraising.

Ann Baird Bishop, Esq, keynote speaker and former chairperson of Kids’ Chance of Georgia, Inc. stated, “No one goes to work for state government because it is the highest paying gig in town. But, I challenge anyone to find a group who does more for the least among us. Clearly, state employees are the most generous with their time and resources. You are true leaders in service.”

Compassion and commitment runs throughout Georgia which makes it a great place to live for all of its citizens. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015-2016 State Charitable  Contributions Program Awards, and thank you for your service to local communities!

Click here for a full list of the SCCP Awards recipients. Also, learn more about how you can become involved with the State Charitable Contributions program by visiting www.gasccp.org


Georgia Procurement Ranks #1 in the Nation


DOAS Commissioner Sid Johnson and Lisa Eason, DOAS Deputy Commissioner of State Purchasing accepted the Governing Magazine award on behalf of the State.

Georgia is ranked #1 in the nation for its procurement function by Governing Magazine. Detailed results from a new nationwide survey conducted by Governing shows Georgia received top honors in nine of ten purchasing categories, including statutory authority, public policies and procedures, e-procurement systems, agency and vendor engagement, training and certification, open bidding processes and contract administration.

Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement, “I am proud of Georgia’s leadership in our procurement practice, which is a critical factor in the state’s competitiveness and economic development. This award acknowledges the hard work and effort of the entire team at the Department of Administrative Services.”

State purchasing and materials management professions play a significant role in the efficiency and effectiveness of both the public and private sectors by balancing and negotiating time, source and price of goods and services.

The Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS), which provides procurement services to state agencies and local government entities, was presented an award by Governing Magazine at a recent reception held in conjunction with the National Governor’s Association meeting in Washington DC.

Click here to view the detailed article in Governing Magazine.