Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms presented Department of Corrections Chief Patrick Labat with the Phoenix Award—the highest honor the Mayor of Atlanta can bestow upon an individual. Labat is retiring from the City after 30 years of distinguished service.

Under Labat’s leadership, the Atlanta City Detention Center (ACDC) has maintained perfect scores of 100 on its accreditation with the American Correctional Association over the last nine years. During the same period, ACDC has also consistently logged perfect scores on its Fulton County Health and Food Services inspections.

“For three decades, Chief Labat has devoted his career to serving the people of Atlanta,” Bottoms said. “Whether implementing the PAT3 reentry program to ensure non-violent offenders had the dignity of a well-paying job or ensuring the city’s most vulnerable residents had their basic needs met, his work has had an impact on countless lives. I commend Chief for his service and wish him and his family well in the future.”

Labat also helped create and successfully implement PAT3—a groundbreaking re-entry program in partnership with the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, the Atlanta Department of Public Works and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta.

While there are many reentry initiatives through the country, PAT3 is unique in its design, as it allows non-violent incarcerated individuals to be employed full-time and earn wages at the City’s minimum salary of $15 per hour plus full benefits.

With Labat’s retirement, Bottoms has appointed Corrections Assistant Chief Vance Williams to serve as interim Chief. Williams’ appointment became effective upon Chief Labat’s retirement on Dec. 11

According to a spokesperson for the City, Williams has more than 17 years of service with the Department of Corrections, and decades’ worth of experience in law enforcement—serving as the Director of the Major Case Unit with the Fulton County District Attorney’s office and a SWAT Team Member, Hostage Negotiator and Detective with the City of Hapeville.


Corrections Chief Patrick Labat (Photo: City of Atlanta)

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