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New Warden at Dodge State Prison

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New Warden at Dodge State Prison

Murray Tatum promoted

FORSYTH, Ga. – Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Homer Bryson announced the promotion of Murray Tatum to Warden at Dodge State Prison, effective October 1, 2016. As Warden, Tatum will be responsible for overseeing approximately 205 staff members and 1,200 medium security male offenders.

“Murray has shown great leadership in his role as Deputy Warden of Security,” said Commissioner Bryson.  “I know he will continue to demonstrate that same level of professionalism in his new role as Warden.”

Tatum began his career with the Department in 1992 as a Correctional Officer at Lee Arrendale State Prison (LASP).  During his tenure at LASP, he served as Public Safety Training Instructor 1 and Public Safety Training Instructor 2. Tatum also served as the Public Safety Training Instructor 3 at the North Georgia Regional Corrections Academy and the Field Training Manager for the North Georgia Area.  In 2013, he was promoted to Deputy Warden of Security at LASP, where he currently serves.

Tatum holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Public Safety Administration at Columbus State University. He has completed the following departmental training: Basic Correctional Officer Training (BCOT), Basic Management Training (BMT), Professional Management Program (PMP), Law Enforcement Professional Management, Corrections Leadership Institute (CLI), Wardens and Chief Pre-Command, and Deputy Warden of Security Academy.

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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