2020 “Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” now available

Plan outdoor adventures for the entire year!

Chilly winter months are the perfect time to start daydreaming about warmer weather and weekend escapes. The newly published “2020 Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” is a helpful resource for planning spring break, romantic getaways and summer vacations. It’s filled with tips on the best hiking trails, fishing spots, pet travel, golf courses, cabins, campsites and glamping yurts, as well as many new photos taken by park visitors.  For a free copy, call 770-389-7286 or stop by any Georgia State Park or State Historic Site office. On online version can be found on GeorgiaStateParks.org.

Human Trafficking Awareness Training for State Employees

Last month, Georgia’s First Lady, Marty Kemp and the GRACE Commission (Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion, and Education Commission) worked in collaboration with the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) to develop a training program for state employees that is designed to increase awareness of human trafficking. Human Trafficking Awareness Training will help employees recognize potential behaviors of human traffickers and their victims, know how to report trafficking activity appropriately, and make a difference in the communities we live and serve.

State employees in many instances are uniquely situated to observe cases of suspected sexual exploitation.  With awareness training, you can become better informed and better positioned to help protect innocent children and other potential victims from this horrific crime.  

For this reason, it is the goal of Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady that all State employees contact their human resources department to view the training videos in their agency’s learning management system or internal train program.

Human trafficking, or modern-day slavery, represents an imminent threat throughout the world, with an estimated 1.5 million victims in the U.S. alone. Sex trafficking is one of the world’s largest criminal enterprises, involving the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. And it is everywhere – including urban, suburban and rural communities throughout Georgia.

Due to the importance of this training to the citizens of our state, employees are also encouraged to share it with friends and family. Training designed for the general public is available on the DOAS website. Human Trafficking Awareness links are found on the home page and under Human Resources Administration of the website.

Dozier Named TCSG Commissioner, Arthur Named PSC Executive Secretary

Recently, the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) State Board voted unanimously to hire Greg Dozier as its new Commissioner, and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) voted unanimously to hire Matt Arthur for the role of Executive Secretary. A long-time advisor to the Governor and public servant with decades of leadership experience in state government, Dozier takes on his new role following former Commissioner Arthur’s move to the PSC, the state’s certification agency for educators. Both moves are effective January 1, 2020.

“Greg Dozier is a trusted ally and strong leader who understands state operations and offers a wealth of institutional knowledge as the incoming TCSG Commissioner. To implement my vision and TCSG’s goals, Greg Dozier will always put families and students first. Together, we will ensure that our educational system remains top-notch and fulfills workforce needs. He is the right person for this job, and I know that he will continue to serve our state well,” said Governor Kemp.

“We are honored to have Matt Arthur accept the position of Executive Secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. He will lead by example and work tirelessly to maintain quality teachers and standards in our great state. As a former educator, superintendent, and TCSG Commissioner, Matt Arthur has the ideal skills for PSC, and we look forward to working with him in this new capacity,” said Governor Kemp.

Greg Dozier holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University. Dozier resides in Covington with his wife and two daughters. He has extensive leadership experience in state operations, formerly served as the Governor’s Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Dozier served as Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, Commissioner of the Department of Driver Services, and Division Director at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. Dozier has served in leadership capacities under Governors Perdue, Deal, and Kemp.

Matt Arthur is a graduate of the University of Georgia and played on the 1980 National Championship Football Team. Arthur and his wife have two children and live in Rabun County. He is a former teacher, coach, director of career and technical education, assistant principal, secondary principal, and superintendent as well as Deputy Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia before becoming Commissioner in 2018. He also served as Director of Education Reform for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.