Tyrone Oliver was named Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections by Governor Brian P . Kemp on January 1 , 2023 . He is responsible for managing a $ 1.3 billion budget , leading approximately 9,000 employees , and the supervision of nearly 50,000 state offenders .
Commissioner Oliver began his law enforcement career in 1999 as a Detention Officer with the Newton County Sheriff ’ s Office . After becoming a Deputy Sheriff , Commissioner Oliver was promoted to Sergeant and subsequently promoted to Lieutenant . He held various positions with the Newton County Sheriff ’ s Department to include Uniform Patrol , Community Outreach , East Metro Drug Enforcement , Criminal Investigations , Special Investigations , Crime Suppression , and Public Information Officer .
In 2013 , Commissioner Oliver was one of the first to be hired for the Brookhaven Police Department when the new city was formed . He was hired as a Sergeant and later promoted to Lieutenant . He later served as the Assistant Commander of Internal Affairs and Criminal Investigations . On January 8 , 2016 , he was officially named Chief of Police for the City of Social Circle . In November 2018 , he was designated by the City of Social Circle as Deputy City Manager .
In July 2019 , Oliver was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice where he was responsible for the daily operation of the multi-faceted agency of more than 3,400 positions which held justice-involved youth accountable for their actions through probation supervision and secure detention .
In November 2022 , Commissioner Oliver was elected Vice-President of the American Correctional Association ( ACA ), the nation ’ s oldest accrediting body for the corrections industry . Additionally , in 2022 , Commissioner Oliver was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators ( CJJA ) as Vice President .
Oliver was appointed by Governor Kemp to serve on the Board of Peace Officers Annuity and Benefit Fund and the State Workforce Development Board . He also serves on the executive committees for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council ( CJCC ) and the Department of Community Supervision . In August 2021 , Oliver was the recipient of the CJJA President ’ s Award and most recently became the recipient of the 2022 Pinnacle Leadership Award by the Board of Directors of the Fortitude Educational and Cultural Development Center , Incorporated .
Commissioner Oliver is a graduate of Columbus State University ’ s Law Enforcement Professional Management Program . Additionally , he completed Leadership Newton County and Walton County , the Federal Bureau of Investigations Law Enforcement Executive Development Program , the Leadership Trilogy Program , and the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange to Israel .
Welcome to the GDC Team , Commissioner Oliver . We look forward to working with you !
January 2023 | GDC Journal 11