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JUDGE MAUREEN E. WOOD NAMED A RECIPIENT OF THE 2023 JAMES A. “BUD” CODY COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD

CONYERS, GA— At the December 6th City Council Meeting for Conyers, Mayor Vince Evans and the City Council Members provided the opportunity to present three local recipients of the inaugural class of the James A “Bud” Cody Community Impact Award recipients.  The award, (The Cody) recognizes individuals who have impacted communities via motivation, determination, and innovation.  The award honors James A.  “Bud” Cody, Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association; Director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes; and Secretary of the Sheriffs’ Retirement Fund for 46 years.

Judge Maureen E. Wood, Rockdale Juvenile Court

Judge Wood has served the citizens of Rockdale County through the legal profession for nearly two decades, starting at the law firm of Burroughs & Keene, and later as a partner at Wood & Wood, LLP.

In 2013, she earned her certification as a Child Welfare Law Specialist. There are currently only 76 Child Welfare Law Specialists in the State of Georgia, and routinely appointed by judges across metro Atlanta to represent children as a Guardian Ad Litem. Her experience and reputation led to her 2016 appointment by the Honorable David B. Irwin as the first female and first African American Juvenile Court Judge in Rockdale County.

As a Juvenile Court Judge, she presides over various cases that affect families and our community in civil and criminal cases. But unlike many judges, she does not wait for the issues to come to her chambers. Evidence of her success is having her Juvenile Drug Treatment Court recognized by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference and serving as the Chair of the Council of Accountability Court Judges’ Family Treatment Court Bench Book Committee. Wood was recently named the 2023 recipient of the Georgia Conference on Children and Families Innovative Leadership Award and voted 2023 Best Community Leader in the Rockdale/ Newton Citizen.

After being presented the award, Judge Wood thanked Mayor Evans and the City Council and Derek Marchman, Marchman Consulting for bestowing such an honor for her.  She continued by recognizing the lifetime achievements of “Bud” Cody and how grateful she is to receive an award in his name.

Additional recipients for 2023 include Pastors Ray and Barbara Muse, BOLD Ministries, Jim Ellison, Founding Pastor of Newnan City Church, and Greg Dozier, Commissioner of Technical Schools of Georgia. 

Past recipients include the First Lady of Georgia, Marty Kemp, Tony Lucas, City of Conyers, Rockdale Superior Nancy N. Bills, and Mona Franklin of the Rockdale Drug-Free Coalition.  More information on each winner can be found on the site.

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Marchman Consulting aids communities to make an impact by assisting with program data analysis, grant development, implementation, and evaluation for sustainability efforts.  An example is the award-winning alcohol risk management (ARM) initiative

James A. “Bud” Cody