MDOC commissioner Epps honored for leadership

April 18, 2013 in Statewide News

From The Mississippi Link

JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner (MDOC) Christopher B. Epps has been honored by one of Jackson’s most historic churches for his transformative and

innovative leadership.

MDOC Commissioner Christopher Epps (Photo courtesy of MDOC)

Epps was the recipient of Mount Helm Baptist Church Anchor Community Award in Government. He and seven other recipients were honored on March 29 at the 2013 Resurrection Gala and Community Anchor Awards Banquet at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson.

“Over the years you have worked diligently to bring about the transformation of lives through your government-related work,” Mount Helm Pastor C. Edward Rhodes II told Epps in a letter announcing he had been selected. “Your contribution to the Greater Jackson Community is quite noticeable and greatly appreciated.”

Epps said he was honored to receive the award from Jackson’s oldest black church, especially when he least expected it.

“Although I have been in corrections for 31 years, I never rest on my laurels,” said Epps, also American Correctional Association president. “Each day that God wakes me up, I aim to make my home, the great state of Mississippi, a better place.”

Other honorees were: The Bethlehem Center, Education; Geraldine Kelly, Social Justice; Jerry Young, religion; Metro Boys and Girls Club, Youth and Recreation; Dr. Robert Smith, Health care; William Cooley, Economic Empowerment; and Foundation for the Mid-South, Community Engagement.