Cov­ing­ton man rec­og­nized as pa­role board re­gional em­ployee of the year

The Covington News - - Crime and courts -

The Cen­tral Re­gion of the Ge­or­gia State Board of Pardons and Pa­role re­cently hon­ored Wal­ter Sin­gle­ton as Em­ployee of the Year.

Wal­ter is a Pa­role Of­fi­cer in the Jones­boro Pa­role Of­fice. The award was pre­sented Aug. 28, 2008, at the Pa­role As­so­ci­a­tion of Ge­or­gia’s an­nual train­ing con­fer­ence in Au­gusta.

Wal­ter be­gan his ca­reer with the Pa­role Board in 2001. He was pro­moted to Se­nior Pa­role Of­fi­cer in 2002. Wal­ter im­me­di­ately took ad­van­tage of ad­di­tional train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties by be­com­ing a cer­ti­fied Cog­ni­tive Skills Fa­cil­i­ta­tor. He be­came a mem­ber of the Jones­boro Pa­role Of­fice Ar­rest Team and is cur­rently the Team Leader.

In 2002, Wal­ter re­ceived a Hawthorne Award for as­sist­ing the lo­cal nar­cotics unit in ar­rest­ing a parolee who was car­ry­ing weapons and drugs. In 2003, he was com­mended for tak­ing im­me­di­ate action dur­ing an ar­rest sit­u­a­tion, in or­der to res­cue a woman who was in dan­ger and scream­ing for help. In 2007, he re­ceived a Lead­er­ship Coin for his ef­forts to stop a sui­cide at­tempt.

Pa­role Board Chair L. Gale Buckner stated, “ The Board is so proud of the award re­cip­i­ents and their ac­com­plish­ments. They have put their hearts into their work, and are chang­ing the lives of parolees for the bet­ter while mak­ing our com­mu­ni­ties safer.”

As de­fined by the agency’s per­for- mance mea­sures, Wal­ter con­sis­tently per­forms his job at a high level and is a very pro­duc­tive of­fi­cer. “ Wal­ter is an ex­am­ple to less ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cers,” stated Chief Pa­role Of­fi­cer Joey Mor­ris. “ He al­ways uses ex­cel­lent judg­ment in crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions. He per­ceives his job as that of an of­fi­cer trained to en­sure com­pli­ance, but also shows con­cern for the wel­fare of those he su­per­vises.”

Ge­o­graph­i­cally, Pa­role Board op­er­a­tions are di­vided into six re­gions. The Cen­tral Re­gion stretches from Ma­con to Milledgeville and in­cludes New­ton County. Only one em­ployee per re­gion is rec­og­nized with this an­nual award.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Pa­role Board, please visit our web site at www. pap. state. ga. us

Sub­mit­ted photo

Wal­ter Sin­gle­ton re­ceived his award at the 2008 Pa­role As­so­ci­a­tion of Ge­or­gia train­ing con­fer­ence in Au­gusta. From left to right, Cen­tral Re­gion Di­rec­tor Melodee Ste­wart, Pa­role Board Chair L. Gale Buckner, Wal­ter Sin­gle­ton and Pa­role Board Mem­ber Gar­land R. Hunt.

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