Goss selected as 2013 Toll Fellow

Superior Court Judge Stephen S. Goss

Superior Court Judge Stephen S. Goss

ALBANY, Ga. -- Dougherty Superior Court Judge Stephen S. Goss was recently one of 48 policymakers from states around the country to be selected as a Council of State Government Henry Toll Fellow for the class of 2013.

The Council of State Governments reports that the class of 2013 represents 35 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 fellows serving in the legislative branch, four in the judiciary and nine from the executive branch. A 13-member committee of state leaders, many of them also Toll Fellows, reviewed applicants to select the class, the release stated.

"Individually, these leaders have a proven track record of accomplishing great things; collectively they represent the future leadership of the states," stated David Adkins, CSG's executive director/CEO.

Goss, who presides over the Dougherty Superior Court Mental Health/Substance Abuse program, believes the Toll Fellows program will be of help to him as Georgia continues to focus on the criminal justice system.

"Georgia is in the midst of expanding programming for dealing with persons in the criminal justice system with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues in order to more efficiently use prison space for violent offenders and to minimize recidivism," Goss said. "I hope to improve my ability to work across the systems of state government to continue my work on these projects."

According to officials, the Toll Fellowship program is named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll and is one of the nation's premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, Toll Fellows brings 48 of the nation's top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky., for an intensive six-day, five-night "intellectual boot camp."