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News Governor Tate Reeves Presents 2022 Excellence in Government Awards

Created On: 11/21/2022 3:14:20 PM

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Governor Tate Reeves Presents 2022 Excellence in Government Awards

Jackson, Miss. (November 21, 2022) –Governor Tate Reeves honored Marc McClure of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and Bryan Dye of the City of Olive Branch with the 2022 Excellence in Government Awards.  The foundation of these awards is to encourage the development of innovative systems of public administration.  In 2012, the Mississippi State Personnel Board established and presented the inaugural Mississippi Excellence in Government Awards program at the direction of the Mississippi Legislature.


The recipient of the Excellence in State Government Award is Marc McClure, the superintendent of Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP). At MSP, he developed and implemented dozens of programs for inmates including an Uber driver program, moral and social classes for new inmates, and a maintenance internship program.  McClure started his career at MDOC in 1998 as a probation and parole agent, and he most recently served as superintendent at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.  He empowers his staff and manages the prison community with a family atmosphere, decreasing violence at both the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and Mississippi State Penitentiary.


The recipient of the Excellence in Local and District Government Award is Bryan Dye, the general counsel for the City of Olive Branch, a role he has held for 17 years. Serving in one of the state’s fastest growing cities, he has guided Olive Branch through three annexations, the redistricting of two wards, five regular municipal elections, and three special called elections.  Dye has ensured smooth transitions of three mayoral administrations and several aldermen.  A dedicated public servant, he started his career as a high school civics and government teacher for three years and served as an attorney for the City of Olive Branch for three years before joining the City of Olive Branch as in-house legal counsel. Dye is an inclusive leader who challenges other team members to strive for the best answer to complex issues.


“I am incredibly thankful for the many public servants across Mississippi who go to work each day and quietly carry out the often-thankless tasks that improve our state,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “I want to give my congratulations and thanks to Marc and Bryan for going above and beyond in service to their communities and all of Mississippi. These awards were truly well-deserved.”


MSPB Executive Director Kelly Hardwick said, “It is an honor to join Governor Reeves in recognizing these outstanding public servants. Both award recipients have dedicated their careers to public service and improving the lives of Mississippians.”



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