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New Warden at Wilcox State Prison

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January 15, 2023

New Warden at Wilcox State Prison

Charles Mims Promoted

FORSYTH, Ga. –  Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Tyrone Oliver announced the promotion of Charles Mims to Warden at Wilcox State Prison (SP) effective January 15, 2023. As Warden, Mims will be responsible for overseeing staff members and approximately 1800 medium-security male offenders.

“The commitment Mims has shown to the GDC and our mission is evident and he has proven himself to be a dedicated and dependable leader throughout his tenure,” said Commissioner Tyrone Oliver. “We are confident that he has the knowledge and tools necessary to continue to uphold the mission in his new position at Wilcox SP.”

Mims began his career with the GDC in 2007 as a Correctional Officer at Pulaski SP. In 2011, he joined the Cobra Squad at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison (GDCP). In 2012, Mims was promoted to Sergeant at Pulaski SP, where he was the Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) Sergeant. In 2015, he was promoted to Lieutenant at Telfair SP, where he was the Assistant Tactical Squad Commander. Mims was promoted to Captain at Dodge SP in 2017, and in 2018 he was promoted to Medical Unit Manager. In 2019, he was promoted to Deputy Warden of Security at Valdosta State Prison, and in 2021, he was reassigned to Central SP. In 2022, he was promoted to Special Assistant to the Warden at Wilcox SP, where he currently serves.

Mims has completed the following departmental training: Basic Correctional Officer Training, Basic Management Training, Advanced Management Training, Sergeants Academy, Supervision I, II, and III, Management I, II and III, Chief of Security Training, Deputy Warden's Academy, Warden's Pre-Command, and the Professional Management Program through Columbus State University.


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