Community Relations Service
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS SERVICE (CRS)
APPOINTS NEW REGIONAL DIRECTOR THOMAS BATTLES TO SOUTHEAST
REGIONAL OFFICE IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA
| U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
COMMUNITY RELATIONS SERVICE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department
of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) today announced the appointment
of Thomas Battles as the new Regional Director for the Southeast Regional
Office in Atlanta, Georgia. The Southeast Regional Office serves the
states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North
Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
"Thomas Battles knows the Southeast Region very well. Through his many years of service in Miami, he is already known and highly respected by community leaders and officials throughout the region. Still it is a tall order for Mr. Battles to fill the vacancy created by the recent retirement of Ozell Sutton who held this position for more than 38 years," said CRS director Sharee M. Freeman.
Prior to his appointment as Regional Director, Mr. Battles served as a Senior Conciliation Specialist in CRS' Miami Field Office for more than 25 years. He has assisted cities in addressing racial issues stemming from immigration resettlements, police shootings, and community disturbances and riots.
received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology & Corrections in 1976
and a Masters Degree in Applied Social Science from Florida A &
M University in 1979. He is a member of the National Organization
of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), NAACP, Urban League of
Greater Miami, Mentor-5000 Role Models of Excellence, President-Miami
Federal Credit Union, Past Chairman & Member of the Metro Dade
Cultural Affairs Council and serves as Minister of Stewardship at
his home church, Bethel Apostolic Temple, Inc.
In July 2000, Mr. Battles received the U.S.
Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service and was also recognized
as Florida's Mediation & Conciliation Leader by the St. Petersburg
Times (Florida) newspaper. The Miami City Commission passed a resolution
declaring December 12, 2002, as "Thomas Battles Day" in
recognition of his years of service in improving relations between
diverse racial and ethnic groups in Miami and South Florida. Also
on December 12, 2002, the Dade County Community Relations Board honored
Mr. Battles with a community service leadership award for working
to address racial, ethnic, and police-community conflict in Dade County,
The U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service offers conflict resolution and mediation services to communities affected by issues of race, ethnicity and national origin. For more information about the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service please visit the CRS website at www.usdoj.gov/crs, or contact its Headquarters office in Washington, D.C. at 202/305-2935.