Scot Dean named STAR award win­ner

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One of Cedar­town’s own was hon­ored at a re­cent round of train­ing for Geor­gia’s ac­count­abil­ity courts.

Scot Dean was cho­sen as this year’s STAR award win­ner for pro­ba­tion of­fi­cers among a statewide field of can­di­dates. Dean, who now serves in Rome as the Chief Co­or­di­na­tor for the Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Su­per­vi­sion, was pre­vi­ously part of the Tal­lapoosa Cir­cuit Drug Court, hav­ing served from its in­cep­tion in 2004.

“For me per­son­ally, the award is about the team, and not what I did,” Dean said.

He said that if it wasn’t for a team mem­bers like Drug Court Co­or­di­na­tor Regina Roberts, coun­selors Carl­ton and Larke Lanier and the pro­ba­tion of­fi­cers that served along­side him, along with DFCS, of­fi­cials in the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s of­fice in­clud­ing Jack Brown­ing, and the pub­lic de­fender’s of­fice to name a few, his job wouldn’t have gone so smoothly.

Though he’s work­ing in Rome now with the Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Su­per­vi­sion, he said that the drug court re­mains close to his heart and re­mains a nec­es­sary and pos­i­tive part of the court sys­tem.

“In my opin­ion with the depart­ment of com­mu­nity su­per­vi­sion and the drug courts, you can’t keep a com­mu­nity safe with­out rec­og­niz­ing that a part of our so­ci­ety and com­mu­nity is ad­dicted, im­pov­er­ished, un­der­served, and in need of help,” he said. “That’s one of the things we try to pro­vide in drug court, as well as the ac­count­abil­ity needed to help peo­ple help them­selves with over­com­ing their prob­lems and be­come pro­duc­tive mem­bers of so­ci­ety.”

Dean has been em­ployed by the state since 1990.

His award was handed out this past week dur­ing the three-day Coun­cil of Ac­count­abil­ity Court Judges’ an­nual train­ing con­fer­ence held in Ath- ens on Sept. 17 through Sept. 19.

Last week’s con­fer­ence pro­vided classes for train­ing and con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion cred­its for all the ac­count­abil­ity courts in the state, in­clud­ing fam­ily and ju­ve­nile courts, men­tal health courts, vet­eran’s courts, drug courts and DUI courts, among oth­ers.

The Tal­lapoosa Cir­cuit Drug Court team mem­bers who took part in this year’s con­fer­ence in­cluded Judge Meng H. Lim, Co­or­di­na­tor Regina Roberts, Treat­ment Pro­fes­sion­als Carl­ton and Larke Lanier, Pro­ba­tion Of­fi­cers Melissa Hood and Jolie Ma­son, Pub­lic De­fender Tim Tay­lor, and DFCS Di­rec­tor Susan Ol­lis.

‘For me per­son­ally, the award is about the team, and not what I did.’

Scot Dean STAR award win­ner for

pro­ba­tion of­fi­cers

Stan­dard Jour­nal

Tal­lapoosa Cir­cuit Drug Court team mem­bers joined Scot Dean in cel­e­bra­tion of his 2017 STAR award recog­ni­tion last week. Join­ing him are Judge Meng H. Lim, Co­or­di­na­tor Regina Roberts, Treat­ment Pro­fes­sion­als Carl­ton and Larke Lanier, Pro­ba­tion Of­fi­cers...

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