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Prestigious award given to county HR department
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Rockdale County celebrates its 2015 Pegasus Award win. Pictured with SHRM-Atlanta officers are third from right, Rockdale County Human Resources Director Darryl Bowie, and in the center, Rockdale County Human Resources Generalist and 2015 Pegasus Award Finalist Kameisha Johnson.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Atlanta has awarded the Rockdale County Department of Human Resources its 2015 Pegasus Awards of Excellence in Human Resources.

The Pegasus Award symbolizes the highest quality of planning and execution in the area of people strategy.

Rockdale County received the award at the 25th Annual SHRM-Atlanta Conference on April 20 at the Cobb Galleria. Each year, SHRM-Atlanta honors top public and private leaders and departments for their hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, vision, inspirational leadership and innovation. 

“Our HR team works tirelessly to ensure our department remains a stellar model for excellence in human resource strategy and service to Rockdale County employees,” County Human Resources Director Darryl Bowie said. “I commend our team on this distinguished achievement.” 

The Pegasus Award also spotlights the impact Human Resources departments have on business and organizational results. SHRM-Atlanta accepts nominations from CEOs, partners, peers, SHRM-Atlanta members or anyone else who wants to recognize an individual or department that is changing the way organizations work.

The judges, who are carefully selected for their integrity, knowledge and expertise, are CEOs and HR executives from Atlanta’s top companies.

SHRM-Atlanta recognizes individuals from organizations in four categories: small, mid-size and large companies and SHRM-Atlanta students. There were 20 finalists for this year’s award, including representatives of Clayton State University, Vonage Business Solutions, Inc., Kimberly-Clark, Georgia State University, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Panasonic and Emory University.

Also, County Human Resources Generalist Kameisha Johnson was named as one of the individual award finalists. 

“The profession of Human Resources is an admirable and oftentimes challenging profession because they must juggle so many needs and desires of an employee,” County CEO and Chairman Richard Oden said. “So to know that our HR department received this top honor in competing against other public and private organizations around the metro area is a major feat for Rockdale.”

Since 1965, SHRM-Atlanta has provided a wide variety of professional development and networking opportunities for Atlanta-area Human Resources professionals. The chapter includes a membership of more than 2,300 industry professionals. SHRM-Atlanta’s diverse membership represents more than 1,300 large and small organizations in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

The chapter is currently celebrating its golden anniversary as Atlanta’s most active resource for advancing Human Resources professionals, proudly serving and advancing the profession for 50 years.