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Local parole office gets new chief

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

The Jonesboro office of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles has a new chief.

Patrick Holsey began the new job Monday, after being promoted to the position of chief parole officer in early December, according to Scheree Moore, spokesperson for the state agency.

The 40-year-old Holsey has been employed with the state for nearly 17 years, and began working with the Jonesboro Parole Office nearly a decade ago, Moore said in a written statement.

In 2001, Holsey was hired as a parole officer in the Jonesboro office, and was promoted to assistant chief in 2005, Moore said. In 2007, Holsey was promoted to the position of field operations officer at the central Pardons and Paroles office in downtown Atlanta. He remained at the central office until his recent promotion as chief of the Jonesboro office.

"Patrick has an excellent performance history, and we are excited about his return to his 'home' office, and his commitment to serving the Clayton County community," said Melodee Stewart, central regional director of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, in a written statement.

The Jonesboro office, located at 7681 Southlake Parkway, is the only pardons and paroles office in Clayton County, and serves all of Clayton County, according to Holsey.

The office supervises the parole of persons who were previously incarcerated in the state prison system, he said. "We have about 640 parolees in Clayton County that we supervise," he said. "We make home visits, and we make visits to their employers to make sure that they're working.

"This is one of the highest-performing offices in the state," said Holsey. "We look at what we call our completion rate, and making sure they [parolees] complete their parole, maintaining a crime-free lifestyle," he said. "And our completion rate is one of the higher ones in the state. I just want to maintain that, and keep that going."

Holsey is replacing retired chief parole officer, Joey Morris, who served as chief of the Jonesboro office for more than 15 years, according to Holsey.

Holsey said he supervises seven parole officers. He also supervises two investigators, who provide the parole board with information used to make decisions about the parole of inmates.

Holsey said working with the parole system is rewarding. "We have a lot of guys that come through here that have a lot of difficulty integrating back into society," he said. "When they have maintained stable employment, maintained a residence, and are back with their children, that's the rewarding part of it."

Holsey began his career with the state as a case manager for the Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services, in 1993, according to Moore.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia in 1991, Moore said. He and his wife, Edwina, live in McDonough, with their two young daughters, according to Moore.