Gov. Deal introduces major law enforcement reform package


“Protection to person and property is the paramount duty of government and shall be impartial and complete. No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws,” stated Deal.

Governor Nathan Deal introduced a major law enforcement reform package which includes compensation pay raises and a multi-phase training overhaul for state officers.

Phase 1 of the training overhaul will include continuing education, training on the use of force, and building positive community relations. Phase 2 involves expansion of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) which equips officers with the knowledge and skills to approach individuals with mental illness. Phase 3 will involves the creation of a task for to review current law enforcement training and proved recommendations for improvement.

Governor Deal emphasized that the state should put its money where the priorities are. “It is incumbent upon the government to recruit and retain the best and brightest, while equipping them with the training and resources they require. They deserve our unwavering commitment and support.”

More than 3,300 state law enforcement officers will receive a 20 percent pay raise effective January 1, 2017, and represents more than $78 million instate funding in the amended FY17 and FY 18 budget.

State Charitable Contributions 2016-2017 Campaign Kickoff

SCCP Kick-off

Melaney Smith and Leslie Hale of local charity Books for Keeps are pictured with DOAS Commissioner Sid Johnson, Candy Sarvis, Valerie Henderson, and Latoya Wimbush.

The Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) kicked off the 2016 State Charitable Contributions Program (SCCP) with a breakfast at the Georgia Freight Depot on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

The breakfast served as a start for the annual SCCP Campaign, a program that provides an easy and convenient way to make an immediate and ongoing difference in local charities. Governor Nathan Deal, chairman of the 2016-17 Campaign, welcomed more than 200 agency heads, college presidents and campaign coordinators and spoke about the importance of giving back and how beneficial the program can be for charities in need.

“We can all be proud of the positive impact our contributions are making in Georgian communities and in the lives of those in need,” said Governor Deal. The 2016-17 Campaign will run from September 1 until November 15.

Click here to view Governor Deal’s State Charitable Contributions Program Statement

Farewell June and July 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  & July 2016 Retirees!

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