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Public Servant Of The Year 2010
By The Informer

Bibb County Sheriff Jerry Modena has been named Public Servant of the Year for 2010 by The Informer newspaper and will be honored at The Informer's Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Ceremony held on Saturday, January 15, 2010 at 12 noon at St. Luke Baptist Church located at 1180 Haywood Road in Macon, Georgia.

Modena is a Bibb County native and graduated from Lanier High School. He received his Associates Degree in Science from Macon College and his Bachelors of Science from Brenau College in Gainesville, Georgia. Modena is a graduate of the Traffic Institute of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Modena retired from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office in 1994 with the rank of Major, after 30 years of service. He was then elected Sheriff of Bibb County and took office on January 1, 2001. He is currently serving his third term.

An active and dedicated member of law enforcement, Modena has made numerous contributions to Bibb County. He is the co-founder of the Bibb County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team served as Commander from 1972 until1992. Modena received his SWAT Team training through the FBI, the US Marine Corps at Paris Island, SC and the US Army at Fort Benning, Georgia and he created the Field Officer Training Program for Bibb County Sheriff's Office line officers in 1978.

While Major in Charge of Special Services (1992-1992), Sheriff Modena was instrumental in establishing the Bibb County Jail Work Release Program. He commanded the Macon-Bibb County Drug Squad and middle Georgia’s Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force from 1993-1994. In 2006, Sheriff Modena saw to fruition a major jail expansion and under his leadership, a Mental Health unit for Bibb County inmates was constructed.

Sheriff Modena has served on the Macon Exchange and the Macon Rescue Mission's Board of Directors and has received numerous awards throughout his service to the Macon-Bibb County community, including

- Vernon Keenan Leadership Award in conjunction with The National Alliance on Mental Illness' Crisis Intervention Team (2008)
- AFL-CIO Leader Award from the Central Georgia Federation of Trades and Labor Council (2004)
- Officer of the Year (Macon Exchange Club -- 1983)
- The Shield Club (1983)
- The Fraternal Order of Eagles (1990)

Sheriff Modena has also received special acknowledgement from Macon Regional Crimestoppers and in 2004, was recognized by a Georgia state House Resolution for his participation in a successful raid on a dog fighting operation.

Sheriff Modena is married to the lovely Mary Kathryn Knight Modena and the couple has two children and five grandchildren. Sheriff Modena and his wife are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macon, Georgia.

The Informer is pleased to honor this decorated and highly dedicated individual as its Public Servant of the Year for 2010.

Jerry Modena
Jerry Modena
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