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New Superintendent at Georgia Diagnostic & Classification Prison SMU

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New Superintendent at Georgia Diagnostic & Classification Prison SMU

Michael Cannon reassigned

FORSYTH, Ga. – Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Homer Bryson announced the reassignment of Michael Cannon to Superintendent at the Georgia Diagnostic & Classifications Prison (GDCP) Special Management Unit (SMU), effective October 1, 2016. As Superintendent, Cannon will be responsible for 77 security and non-security staff and 192 SMU male offenders.

 “Michael has 27 years of invaluable experience with the Department,” said Commissioner Bryson. “His experience and knowledge will greatly benefit the staff and inmates at GDCP SMU.”

Cannon began his career with the Department in 1989 as a Correctional Officer at Lee Arrendale State Prison. In 1992, Cannon was promoted to Sergeant at Rockdale Probation Detention Center. In 1996, he was promoted to Lieutenant of Calhoun State Prison. In 2001, Cannon transferred to Columbus Diversion Center to serve as a Correctional Officer. In 2005, Cannon was promoted to Lieutenant of Phillips State Prison. In 2008, he was promoted to Security Chief of Phillips Transitional Center and in 2010, he was promoted to Unit Manager of Phillips State Prison. In 2013, Cannon was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Clayton Transitional Center, and in 2015 was promoted to Superintendent of the same facility.

Cannon is currently pursing his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice through Georgia Military College. Cannon has completed Basic Management Training (BMT), Advanced Management Training (AMT), and Professional Management Program (PMP); and Deputy Warden of Security Academy. Cannon is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice through Georgia Military College.

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees.

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