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New Assistant Superintendent at Colwell Probation Detention Center

Timothy C. Ward
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December 1, 2022

New Assistant Superintendent at Colwell Probation Detention Center
Jennifer DeFillippes Reassigned

FORSYTH, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Timothy C. Ward announced the reassignment of Jennifer DeFillippes to Assistant Superintendent at Colwell Probation Detention Center (PDC) effective December 1, 2022. As Assistant Superintendent, DeFillippes will be responsible for assisting the Superintendent with the daily operations of the facility, overseeing staff, and supervising approximately 270 male detainees.

"DeFillippes has proven to be a dedicated and valuable leader in each position she has held," said Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. "We are confident she will be an asset and mentor to the staff and detainees at Colwell PDC."

DeFillippes began her career with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice in 2007, as a Substance Abuse Intervention Specialist at the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center. In 2008, she joined Spectrum Health as a Substance Abuse Counselor at Lee Arrendale State Prison (SP). DeFillippes joined the GDC in 2015, as a Behavioral Health Counselor at Lee Arrendale SP, and in 2016 she was promoted to Social Services Program Consultant. In 2020 she was promoted to Chief Counselor, and in 2022 she was promoted to Assistant Superintendent at Lee Arrendale Transitional Center, where she currently serves.

DeFillippes attended Ocean County Community College, Georgian Court College, and the University of North Georgia. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of North Georgia and is pursuing her master's degree from Life University. Her departmental training consists of Basic Counselor Training, Basic Correctional Officer Training, Supervision I, II, and III, Management I, II, and III, Certified Clinical Supervisor Training, Certified Public Manager Training through the University of Georgia, Alcohol and Drug Counselor II, Hostage Negotiator Training, and Certified Clinic Supervisor through the Alcohol and Drug Certification Board of Georgia.


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