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For Immediate Release

New Warden Named at Phillips State Prison - Ahmed Holt Reassigned

FORSYTH, Ga.Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens announced the reassignment of Ahmed Holt as the new Warden of Phillips State Prison effective July 1, 2014. The facility is located in Buford, Georgia. Formally Warden of Central State Prison, Holt will now be responsible for overseeing 375 staff members and 851 close security male inmates at Phillips State Prison.

“Ahmed has been serving the Department for over 10 years now,” said Commissioner Brian Owens. “We look forward to his continued leadership in carrying out the Department’s mission in his new facility.”     

Holt’s began his career with the Department in 2001 as a Probation Officer, taking on various roles ranging from Court Services to Specialized Supervision Officer.  In 2005, Holt was promoted to Probation Officer III and was assigned as Manager of the Sex Offender Administration Unit in 2006.  Holt was promoted to Deputy Warden of Care & Treatment at Rutledge State Prison in 2010 and held this position until his promotion to Deputy Director of Audits & Compliance in Central Office in 2011. In 2012, Holt was promoted to Warden of Central State Prison, where he most recently served.

Holt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Savannah State University and graduated from Columbus State University’s Command College with a Master of Science degree in Public Administration. 

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 55,000 state prisoners and more than 160,000 probationers.  It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 12,000 employees.

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