Gainesville RYDC Promotes Phillip Wallace DJJ Staff  at:  12/4/2012  


On October 31, the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) was proud to promote Phillip Wallace to the position of Captain in the Department.

Captain Wallace was "pinned" in a ceremony featuring DJJ Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper and Gainesville RYDC Director Stan Davis.

Captain Wallace is a graduate of the DJJ Sergeants Academy.


     Avery D. Niles Sworn In As New DJJ Commissioner DJJ Staff  at:  11/5/2012  
Avery D. Niles Sworn In As New DJJ Commissioner

(ATLANTA-GA) Mr. Avery D. Niles of Clermont, Georgia was sworn in today as the new Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Mr. Niles, who previously served as Chairman of the DJJ Board since March of 2012, was officially sworn in by Governor Nathan Deal at the Capitol during a ceremony witnessed by family members and Deputy Commissioners from DJJ. Governor Deal described the new DJJ Commissioner as a “stalwart, dedicated and dependable” leader chosen to take on the challenge of managing the future of the state’s juvenile justice agency.

Mr. Niles leaves his career position as Warden of the Hall County Correctional Institution to become DJJ Commissioner. Niles is a 23-year veteran of the Hall County Sheriff`s Department where he also worked as commander of the Hall County Detention Center.

Altogether, Commissioner Niles has 27-years of distinguished law enforcement and criminal justice experience. He is a member of the Georgia and National Sheriff`s Associations, the North Georgia Investigator`s Association, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Peace Officers Association of Georgia.

The new Commissioner is Past-President of the Gainesville - Hall County Fraternal Order of Police. He serves as second vice president of the Georgia Prison and Vice President of the Warden`s Association and he is a trustee of the Gainesville College Foundation Board. Commissioner Niles is a member of the Gainesville Kiwanis Club, a graduate of Leadership Hall County and the Georgia Police Academy. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a member of the Georgia and National FBI Association.

Mr. Niles is also currently pursuing a Bachelor`s Degree in Criminal Justice while attending the Georgia law enforcement Command College in Columbus. He serves as a deacon at Antioch Baptist Church. He and his wife, Charlene, have one daughter and reside in Clermont, Georgia.

“I am honored to serve Georgia in this capacity. We want to strengthen families and communities here,” said Commissioner Niles. “I am committed to excellence in public safety and to provide effective intervention to improve the lives of youth entrusted to our department by the state,” the Commissioner said. “I thank the Governor and the DJJ Board for their confidence and I will work diligently to maintain their trust. We look forward to making real changes in the lives of our young offenders.”


     Views from DJJ Commissioner Avery Niles Swearing-In Ceremony DJJ Staff  at:  12/4/2012  


On November 2, 2012, Avery D. Niles was sworn in by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal as Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice.  On behalf of the entire DJJ team, we would like to congratulate Commissioner Niles and welcome him into the Juvenile Justice family.



Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery Niles was sworn into office in November 2012 by Governor Nathan Deal and through a unanimous vote of the DJJ Board. Commissioner Niles leads a workforce of more than 4,000 employees working in 28 facilities and 92 court services offices engaged with the restorative justice of more than 22,000 incarcerated youth.

With more than 27 years of distinguished law enforcement and criminal justice experience, Commissioner Niles was most recently Warden of the Hall County Correctional Institute. In addition, Commissioner Niles spent over twenty years in the Hall County Sheriff’s Office rising in the ranks from Patrolman, Sergeant in the Juvenile Investigations Team, and Lieutenant (Assistant Commander) in the Patrol Division before reaching to the level of Commander as part of the Hall County Detention Center

In 2011, Commissioner Niles was appointed to the Department of Juvenile Justice Board of Directors and, in 2012, was elected Chairman of the Board. Recently, Commissioner Niles also was appointed to the Accountability Courts Funding Committee. Commissioner Niles is also the 2nd Vice President of the Georgia Prison & Warden’s Association and is active in the National Sheriff’s Association, the Peace Officers Association of Georgia, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia Sheriff’s Association, and F.C.A. of Gainesville-Hall County.

A graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College (Class 52) of Columbus State University, Commissioner Niles is strong proponent of continuing law enforcement education. He is a graduate of the Georgia Police Academy, FBI National Academy, National Association of Child Abuse Investigation, Internal Affairs Investigator Association, Georgia Police Chief Executive Training, Georgia State Board of Funeral Services, and Leadership Hall County.  Mr. Niles is also currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice while attending the Georgia law enforcement Command College in Columbus.

Commissioner Niles resides in Gainesville with his wife Charlene and his daughter Brittani. He is a Deacon at the Antioch Baptist Church and is active with local groups including the Hall County Civic Association, Gainesville College Foundation Board, the Gainesville Boys & Girls Clubs, United Way of Hall County, Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, and the Gainesville-Hall County Roundtable Association.




     DJJ Charitable Contributions Campaign Continues: 2012 Chili Cookoff DJJ Staff  at:  12/4/2012  


Thank you to the Charitable Contributions Campaign Committee and everyone at Central Office that participated in the 2012 Chili Cook Off by either submitting some delectable chili or purchasing a bowl to fill your tummy while supporting a good cause. The Chili Cook Off raised a greatly appreciated donation of $350 for the 2012 Charitable Contributions Program. After all the votes were tallied, the winner of the Chili Cook Off was the ‘Savory Salmon Chili’ submitted by Chris Saxton while Toni Driskell’s entry of ‘White Bean Chicken Chili’ received the second place prize. Congratulations also go out to Renee McClure who was the winner of the One Day ‘Reserved’ Parking Pass and Jean Pass. Deputy Commissioner Michael McNeely also was present at the Chili Cook Off to update the official charitable contributions fundraising drive thermometer to show that $2,500 has been given so far.

Everyone is encouraged to contribute to the 2012 Charitable Contributions campaign by either participating in fundraising events such as the Chili Cook Off or donating directly to the campaign by visiting the DJJ News and Views website and clicking on the fundraising drive thermometer. Let us all continue to give from the heart so that we can reach our goal of 100% participation and raise $10,000 for the State Charitable Contributions Program by November 30, 2012!



     Marco Hicks-Brown Named 2012 South-East Georgia Teacher of the Year DJJ Staff  at:  12/4/2012  

Marco Hicks-Brown Named 2012 South-East Georgia Teacher of the Year for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

Recently, Marco Hicks-Brown of the Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center was named 2012 Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Teacher of the Year for the South-East Region.   Mrs. Hicks-Brown competed for the honor with teachers from eight other facilities locally and will be the region’s representative for the DJJ State Teacher of the Year awards to be held in Forsyth, Georgia on November 30th.

Marco Hicks-Brown joined the Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) as member of the education staff in 2008 after a seven year career with the Savannah-Chatham School System as a District Staffing Specialist and Special Education Teacher.  Currently, Mrs. Hicks-Brown heads up the Special Education Department at Savannah RYDC in addition to her many roles as a teacher.

Mrs. Hicks-Brown earned her Education Specialist Degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee and is enrolled currently at Mercer University where she is pursuing her doctoral in in Curriculum and Instruction Program.  She is married to Jeremiah Brown and the mother of three boys.

In being named South-East Region Teacher of the Year, Ms. Hicks-Brown was cited for being an outstanding educator who performs daily in the classroom, an active participant in shaping the Savannah RYDC school program, a strong leader in the community and at home, and for her dedication towards advancing her academic standing to improve her work with the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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