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New Superintendent at Paulding Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

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February 1, 2023

New Superintendent at Paulding Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
Ronald Barnes Promoted


FORSYTH, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Tyrone Oliver announced the promotion of Ronald Barnes to Superintendent at the Paulding Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (RSAT), effective February 1, 2023. As Superintendent, Barnes will be responsible for overseeing staff and supervising 235 male detainees.

"Barnes has been a dedicated and dependable employee since beginning his career twenty-six years ago," said Commissioner Tyrone Oliver. "We are confident that both detainees and staff will benefit from his leadership and commitment to the mission at Paulding RSAT."

Barnes began his career with the GDC in 1997 as a Correctional Officer (CO) at Hays State Prison (SP). During his tenure with the agency, he was promoted to TACT Squad Commander, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Unit Manager. In 2020, he was promoted to Deputy Warden of Security at Hays SP, where he currently serves. 

Barnes' departmental training consists of Basic Correctional Officer Training, Professional Management Program through Columbus State University, Sergeants Academy, POST Instructor Training, and Deputy Warden of Security Training.


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