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New Warden at Lee Arrendale State Prison

Timothy C. Ward
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June 19, 2019

New Warden at Lee Arrendale State Prison

Murray Tatum Reassigned

FORSYTH, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Timothy C. Ward announced the reassignment of Murray Tatum to warden at Lee Arrendale State Prison (SP), effective July 1, 2019. As warden, Tatum will be responsible for overseeing approximately 350 staff members and 1,700 special-mission female offenders

“Tatum has displayed a remarkable work ethic during his 27 years of service to the department,” Ward said. “We are confident that his experience and knowledge will benefit the staff and offenders at Lee Arrendale SP.”

Tatum began his career with the department in 1992 as a correctional officer at Lee Arrendale SP.  In 1999, he was promoted to a public safety training instructor 1, and in 2000 was promoted to a public safety training instructor 2 at Lee Arrendale SP. Tatum served as the public safety training instructor 3 at the North Georgia Regional Corrections Academy and the field training manager for the North area.  In 2013, he was promoted to deputy warden of security at Lee Arrendale SP.  In October 2016, Tatum was promoted to warden at Dodge SP, where he currently serves.

Tatum holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a Master of Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University.  Tatum has completed the following departmental training: Basic Correctional Officer Training (BCOT), Basic Management Training (BMT), the Professional Management Program (PMP) through Columbus State University, Law Enforcement Professional Management, Corrections Leadership Institute (CLI), the Deputy Warden of Security Academy and Wardens and Chief Pre-Command.


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