2017 Chaplain of the Year Named

Gregory C. Dozier
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June 21, 2018

2017 Chaplain of the Year Named

Michael Sapp recognized


FORSYTH, Ga. –  The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) honored Michael Sapp of Dooly State Prison as Chaplain of the Year at the 14th Annual GDC Awards ceremony on June 19 at GDC headquarters in Forsyth, Ga.


Several key officials were on hand for the ceremony, which was attended by more than 200 guests. Making the award presentation with Commissioner Greg Dozier was Chief of Staff Timothy C. Ward, Assistant Commissioners Ricky Myrick, Scott Poitevint, Jay Sanders, Randy Sauls, and Assistant Director of Professional Development Tim Williams and Director of Professional Standards Clay Nix.


“Michael’s dedication to his job is an inspiration to the staff at Dooly State Prison,” said Assistant Commissioner of Inmate Services Jay Sanders. “He has earned the respect of his co-workers, as well as that of the offenders at the facility.”


The award is presented to a full-time Chaplain who exhibits extraordinary effort in providing and managing pastoral care for offenders and staff, contributes professional leadership by facilitating worship, education and counseling opportunities, provides timely spiritual direction and support during crisis events, supports the mission and vision of GDC and Criminal Justice Reform initiatives, coordinates effective community volunteer efforts, and assists inmates in their re-entry efforts.






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