Marchman Consulting has announced the establishment of the James A “Bud” Cody Community Impact Award 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.
After graduating from Valdosta State College with a BS in Sociology and Social Work in 1961, he began serving communities from Georgia to New Mexico for the Boys Club
before accepting a position with the Sheriff’s Association. Highlights of his accomplishments include expanding the number of Youth Homes from the Boys Ranch to include four more throughout the state. The Youth Homes have provided a haven and education opportunities for thousands of Georgia’s abused, abandoned, and neglected children. In addition, his vision has resulted in the Foundation possessing over $15 million in assets. Bud assumed control of the retirement fund in 1982 with only $9 million in assets. But
under his guidance, it is now valued at over $97 million. Lastly, Bud was a founding principle in 1990 to establish and build the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Ga., that trains more than 2,000 students daily. Lastly, he formed the company CFR, which helped over 30 state associations from New York to Texas to California raise tens of millions of dollars to help officers and youth homes nationwide.
If you know someone who has made a sustainable impact in your community from any field, go to marchmanconsulting.com and click on the tab for “Cody Award for CIA.” Then, please take a moment to recognize their efforts by completing and submitting the application. The application process is continuous and does not have a dedicated deadline. For more information, email [email protected] for additional details. Click here to nominate someone.