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GPTC Division Chair Appointed to Sheriff Transition Team
Beverly Thomas chairs Rockdale County Sheriff-Elect's team

Clarkston, GA - January 28, 2013

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Newly sworn-in Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett has been on the job less than a month, but his transition team is still hard at work making the transition smooth. That transition team is led by Georgia Piedmont Technical College's Health, Public Safety and Security Division Chair, Beverly Thomas.

Thomas is leading the 5-member advisory team through March 2013. The Sheriff says the team will serve a critical role in assessing the current state of the county's Sheriff's Office. The team is comprised of non-partisan subject matter experts from various segments and areas of law enforcement. The other four members of the team include: Special Agent in Charge Steve Edwards from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; Major Jeff Norman from the Henry County Sheriff's Office; Lieutenant Tyrone Oliver of the Newton County Sheriff's Office and Instructor Jonathon Fuss from Georgia Public Safety Training Center.

"I was honored to be asked and excited about the process.  It gives me the chance to really make a difference in one agency in Georgia law enforcement which is why I started the Law Enforcement Academy at GPTC in the first place," says Thomas. Thomas has worked at GPTC since 2004 in various capacities from adjunct instructor to her current position as division chair of Health, Public Safety & Security.

In a statement Sheriff Levett said, "I have a top-notch transition team in place that is working to assess the operations of the Rockdale Sheriff's Office."

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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