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James E. Donald
Albert R. Murray
Vice Chair
L. Gale Buckner
Robert E. Keller
Terry E. Barnard
News Release
For Immediate Release   Contact: Steve Hayes, Director
Public Affairs Office
Phone: (404) 657-9450
FAX: (404) 651-8502

Hartwell Parole Office Has a New Chief Parole Officer

May 20, 2011;


Atlanta, GA - The Hartwell Parole Office has a new Chief Parole Officer effective May 16, 2011. Henry “Hank” Harris, Jr., was promoted from Assistant Chief Parole Officer. He had been acting chief since August of last year.
Harris graduated from Mercer University in 1997 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. He then began his career with parole on April 16, 1997 as a parole officer in the Athens Parole Office.   On October 16, 1998, he was promoted to the Senior Parole Officer position. In January of 2000, Harris transferred to the Hartwell Parole Office and was then promoted to Specialized Parole Officer on August 1, 2000. During this time he supervised all of the sex offenders and parolees on electronic monitoring (EM), assigned to the office. On May 1, 2002, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Parole Officer and in 2004 he served at the G-8 Conference.   Harris also previously served as acting chief of Hartwell, from June 1, 2006 to October 1, 2006.
“Chief Harris' professionalism, dedication to duty and wealth of experience in dealing with our offender population will serve him well as he begins this new chapter in his Parole career,” stated Field Operations Director Jay Lacienski. 
Chief Harris has served as Arrest Team Coordinator, MRT Facilitator, and Field Training Officer, during his career.  In November 2007, he was awarded the Employee of the Year award for the Northeast Region.   
Harris and his family live in Hart County. 
 For more information on the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, please visit, www.pap.state.ga.us