This week, Atlanta Department of Corrections Chief Patrick Labat was honored by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as well as the Atlanta City Council for his transformative work and leadership at the City Jail. During Chief Labat’s time at the helm, the jail has received perfect scores on its accreditation and its Fulton County Health and Food Service inspections.

But in addition to his long history of assisting seniors and others in the community, the Chief may best be remembered for helping to create the innovative PAT3 reentry program – a partnership with the Georgia Department of Corrections, Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. The program gave non-violent inmates a chance to learn valuable job skills and get paid at the same time. Upon graduating from PAT3, the participants had a job with DWM waiting for them.

His colleagues say it was that kind of visionary leadership, along with Chief Labat’s willingness to collaborate and work outside the norms, that will define his legacy with the City.