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New Warden Named at Wilcox State Prison

Gregory C. Dozier
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June 30, 2017

New Warden Named at Wilcox State Prison

Shawn Emmons Reassigned

FORSYTH, Ga. – Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier announced the reassignment of Shawn Emmons to Warden at Wilcox State Prison, effective July 1, 2017. As Warden, Emmons will be responsible for overseeing 219 staff members and 1,840 of medium security male offenders.

“Shawn has succeeded in every role he has held with our agency in his almost 20 years,” said Commissioner Dozier. “His dedication will be a great asset to the staff and the offenders at Wilcox State Prison.”

Emmons began his career with the Department in 1998 as a Correctional Officer at Valdosta State Prison (SP). During his time at Valdosta SP, he served as an Offender Rehabilitation Counselor and Chief Counselor. In 2013, Emmons was promoted to Deputy Warden of Care and Treatment at Valdosta SP. Then transferred to Johnson State Prison in 2015, when he was promoted to serve as Warden.

Emmons received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State University. He has completed the following departmental training: Basic Correctional Officer Training (BCOT), Basic Counselor Training, Re-Entry Specialist Training, Sex Offender Release and Registration Training, PREA Compliance Training, Basis Management Training (BMT), Advanced Management Training (AMT), Corrections Leadership Institute (CLI), Deputy Wardens Academy and Warden’s Pre-Command.

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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