MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- A new friendly face will greet base personnel when they arrive at the Equal Employment Opportunity Office here.
DeAnna J. Garrett, a New Mexico native, assumed the duties as the EEO program manager June 18.
The EEO Office's job is to ensure the equal opportunities by enforcing federal legislation that prohibits discrimination in employment.
A program manager was needed because Howard Harold, the previous program manager, transferred to another government agency.
As the new EEO program manager, Garrett is the principal advisor to all EEO programs, and she supervises three civilian personnel in accomplishing EEO goals. She is also in charge of the special emphasis programs.
"The people I work with are absolutely wonderful, they've welcomed me aboard and made me feel so at home," said Garrett. "I am so fortunate and thankful to be working here (Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany)."
"I enjoy being in this field more than being an investigator because I can see the product from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The decisions that we make highly influence the outcome of the case, and you can see the resolution that is made," said Garrett.
Garrett was a federal investigator for the Office of Federal Investigations, Albuquerque, a sub-division of the Office of Personnel Management. As an investigator, she produced detailed investigative reports used for adjudication.
Garrett also conducted security clearance and employment suitability investigations for the U.S. Departments of Energy, Interior, Veterans Affairs and Justice, the National Laboratories, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Federal Protection Services, U.S. Attorney General's Office, and the U.S. Marshal's Service.
When Garrett was going to college for her master's degree, she also worked full time at the EEOC Albuquerque District Office. She conducted fact-finding investigations and issued final appellate decisions in federal sector discrimination cases. She was also a certified mediator who conducted alternative dispute resolution hearings.
Working for EEOC, Garrett counseled individuals who were discriminated against. She negotiated and managed federal contracts with Fair Employment Practice Agencies and Tribal Employment Rights Offices and worked closely with the legal unit, developing cases for litigation in federal district court.
Garrett earned her master of arts and organizational management degree from the University of Phoenix in Albuquerque. She also obtained a bachelor's of arts in criminal justice from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. While attending graduate school, Garrett maintained a 3.5 grade-point average.
"I'm dedicated to equal employment opportunity," said Garrett. "I wanted to take this job so I could apply some of what I know toward the federal sector."