ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 DCS Awards.

  • 2019 DCS Employee of the Year (Sworn Staff)
    • Travis Rucker, Assistant Chief, Northern Judicial Circuit 
  • 2019 DCS Employee of the Year (Non-Sworn Staff)
    • Ashley Bales Reed, Court Specialist, Augusta Judicial Circuit 
  • 2019 DCS Leadership Award
    • Brandon Bell, Coordinating Chief, Conasauga Judicial Circuit 
  • 2019 DCS Stakeholder Awards
    • Chris Church, Director, Freedom from Bondage, Athens, Georgia; and
    • Renee Unterman, State Senator, District 45, Gwinnett County
  • 2019 DCS Tiffany Bishop Award
    • Melody Phillips, CSO, Waycross Judicial Circuit 
  • 2019 DCS Heroism Awards 
    • Brandon Long, Assistant Chief, of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit; 
    • Telly Hartman, CSO II, and Nick Perry, CSO III, Dougherty Judicial Circuit; 
    • Justin Ussery, Assistant Chief, Enotah Judicial Circuit; and 
    • Candace Raines, CSO III, Paulding Judicial Circuit
  • 2019 DCS Customer Service Awards
    • Jennifer Bearden, Purchasing Assistant Supervisor, DCS Training and Professional Development Unit, Forsyth, Georgia; and
    • Harry Hudgins, Purchasing Assistant  of the DCS Training and Professional Development Unit, Forsyth, Georgia

The award winners were announced during the 2019 DCS Awards Ceremony held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth, Ga on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan served as the keynote speaker and Attorney General Chris Carr delivered closing remarks. 

The DCS Award Ceremony is held to recognize the talented and brave individuals who have made an immense contribution to the Department, the criminal justice system and their local community. These masterful employees exhibit qualities that advance the department and also bring a notable spotlight on public service. Each year the ceremony is held to celebrate these accomplishments and highlight award recipients who exemplify our core values.


About the Georgia Department of Community Supervision:

The Department of Community Supervision is responsible for the community-based supervision of more than 200,000 adult felony offenders, and Class A and Class B designated juvenile offenders.

It is the mission of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision to protect and serve all Georgia citizens through effective and efficient offender supervision in our communities while providing opportunities for successful outcomes. DCS employs evidence-based practices to hold offenders accountable and reduce the state’s recidivism rate. For more information, visit


Media Contacts:

Brian Tukes, Director of External Affairs

Georgia Department of Community Supervision 



Jamelle Washington, Public Information Officer 

Georgia Department of Community Supervision