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.
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