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AMERICUS (April 5, 2019) — Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) Public Safety Officer Chelsee Wright was recently recognized as GSW’s Officer of the Year at the third annual Paint the Town Blue Gala held on March 23, 2019.

A native of Muscogee County, Wright has served the GSW community as a public safety officer for nearly two years. Just before she joined the force, a 2016 tragedy killed two local officers in the line of duty, including one from the GSW Office of Public Safety. The event where Wright was awarded formed two years ago to honor Officers Nick Smarr and Jody Smith and raise money for The Smarr and Smith Foundation.

“Being recognized for this award is the result of all the knowledge and instruction that my supervisors have instilled in me,” said Wright. “I am just happy to be considered valuable amongst great leadership. This award makes me want to work harder, because it’s only the beginning of my time here at Georgia Southwestern.”

Wright is actively involved in the campus community as an advisor to the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and co-advisor of the National Pan-Hellenic Council at GSW. She also volunteers her time in the community with a team of police officers that promotes the Back the Blue campaign through athletics in Albany, Ga.

Wright has also received the Phoebe Sumter Health Initiative Award for her work with her sorority promoting women’s health and wellness in the community, served on the Black Voters Matter campaign in 2018 and worked with the Sumter County Intermediate School by reading with students and helping with comprehension of materials.

She also mentors at-risk children at the charter school, works as a mentor with the Girl Scouts in Sumter County and has formed a team with local Americus residents and other organizations to keep children off the streets and to promote positive activities in the community.

“Chelsea came to us from a respected law enforcement family and quickly became a member of ours,” said GSW Public Safety Director Mike Tracy. “She is always ready for a debate and approaches her job with alacrity. We are lucky to have her on campus.”

An alum of Pacelli High School in Columbus, Ga. and GSW, Wright holds degrees in both Biology and Psychology. She is currently attending Fort Valley State University and pursuing a master’s degree in Biotechnology.

Sierra Harvey was recognized as Employee of the Year for the Americus Police Department, and Chief Deputy Eric Bryant was named Officer of the Year for the Sumter County Sherriff’s Office at the event.

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