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Ranger of the Year Award
Soperton Native wins Statewide Ranger-of-the-Year Award

ATLANTA, May 26, 2010 ~~ Randell Meeks of Soperton, Ga. was named Ranger of the Year by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The award was presented during the DNR Board’s May meeting in Atlanta.

During the nomination period, Meeks was assistant manager of Elijah Clark State Park north of Augusta. Shortly after being hired in 2007, the park lost its manager position and Meeks had to quickly learn how to operate a busy state park with 165 campsites and 20 cottages. He was nominated for the statewide award for adapting to the job’s challenges, his historical programming initiatives, turning an overgrown area of the park into an attractive picnic spot, and inexpensively re-opening old facilities by using scavenged and reused materials. Meeks just recently was promoted to manager of Georgia Veterans State Park in Cordele, which hosts more than 750,000 visitors each year.

Meeks and his wife, Shelia, now live at Georgia Veterans State Park in Crisp County. His father, Randell Meeks Sr., lives in Treutlen County and his mother, Gail Coleman Jones, lives in Wheeler County. Meeks graduated from Treutlen County High School in 1991 and received a BS degree from Troy University in 2006.

PHOTO (left to right): Tommy Turk, Parks Region Two Manager / Becky Kelley, State Parks & Historic Sites Director / Randell Meeks, Georgia Veterans State Park Manager / Chris Clark, DNR Commissioner / Wally Woods, State Parks & Historic Sites Chief of Operations

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