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ROCKDALE COUNTY PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

January 9th, 2024

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. – On December 6th, 2023, at Conyers City Hall, Rockdale County Juvenile Court Judge Maureen E. Wood was awarded the distinguished “Bud” Cody Community Impact Award. This prestigious accolade celebrates exceptional dedication to community betterment, recognizing individuals whose unwavering commitment, innovation, and drive have fostered enduring positive change within their communities.

The award, named in honor of James A. “Bud” Cody, renowned for his 46-year tenure as Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, Director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, and Secretary of the Sheriffs’ Retirement Fund, annually honors those whose efforts resonate with profound impact and lasting influence.

Judge Maureen E. Wood joins a distinguished list of recipients, including notable figures such as First Lady of Georgia Marty Kemp, Community Advocate Mona Franklin, Superior Court Judge Nancy Bills, and City Manager Tony Lucas.

The 2023 commendation also extended to Pastors Ray and Barbara Muse of Bread of Life Development Ministries, underscoring their unwavering dedication and tireless contributions to community advancement.

Judge Wood has received local and statewide recognition for her efforts both inside and outside the courtroom. She was the 2023 recipient of the Georgia Conference on Children and Families Innovative Leadership Award and received Rockdale/Newton Citizen 2023 Best of the Best Awards for best Community Leader and Politician.

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