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New Assistant Superintendent at Valdosta Transitional Center

Timothy C. Ward
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October 16, 2022
New Assistant Superintendent at Valdosta Transitional Center
Wayne Smith Promoted


FORSYTH, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Timothy C. Ward announced the promotion of Wayne Smith to Assistant Superintendent at Valdosta Transitional Center (TC) effective October 16, 2022. As Assistant Superintendent, Smith will be responsible for assisting the Superintendent with daily operations of the facility, overseeing staff, and supervising approximately 164 male residents.

"Smith has been an exceptional leader during his 16 years with the agency," said Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. "We are confident his experience and knowledge will have a positive impact on the staff and residents at Valdosta TC."

Smith began his career in 2006 as a Correctional Officer at Valdosta State Prison (SP) and was promoted to Sergeant at the facility in 2008.  In 2013, he transferred to Patten Probation Detention Center as Sergeant, and in 2020 he was promoted to Lieutenant at Valdosta SP. He then transferred to Valdosta TC as Chief of Security, where he currently serves.  

Smith’s departmental training consists of Basic Correctional Officer Training, TACT Basic Training, and Sergeant Academy. He was also a member of the United States Army, from which he was honorably discharged in 1993.



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