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Officer Murray & Lt. Shuman Named Employees of the Year

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Employees of the Year Named

Officer Donovan Murray of Rogers State Prison and Lt. Robert Shuman of Georgia State Prison Honored

FORSYTH, Ga.The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) honored Officer Donovan Murray of Rogers State Prison and Lt. Robert Shuman of Georgia State Prison as Employees of the Year at the 12th Annual GDC Awards ceremony on June 9 at GDC Headquarters in Forsyth, Ga.

“Donovan and Robert are both excellent examples of why we honor our employees,” said Commissioner Bryson. “Their dedication and determination to operate a safe and secure facility is evident in their continued efforts to keep contraband from entering our prisons.”

The Employee of the Year award recipient displays honestly, integrity, and dependability; and enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of carry out the Department’s mission.

In 2015, Officer Murray and Lt. Shuman were responsible for the supervision of more than 200 offenders and approximately 30 Security staff on the Rogers State prison farm, which ranges over 9,400 acres. Both Murray and Shuman were instrumental in the recovery and prevention of 327 cell phones, 289 pounds of tobacco, and a little over eight pounds of illegal drugs from entering their facility. In addition, they aided in the search and capture of three escapees.

Several key officials were on hand for the ceremony, which was attended by more than 200 guests.  Making the award presentation with Chief of Staff Greg Dozier were Assistant Commissioner of Administration & Finance Scott Poitevint, Assistant Commissioner of Facilities Timothy C. Ward, Assistant Commissioner of Inmate Services Dr. L.C. ‘Buster’ Evans and keynote speaker Randall Godfrey.

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees.

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