Fri., August 3, 2012 3:15pm (EDT)

Prisons Get New Wardens
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 2 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Georgia prison officials are moving leaders around to different parts of the state.  The moves happen every two to three years, officials say.  (photo Ken Meyer)
Georgia prison officials are moving leaders around to different parts of the state. The moves happen every two to three years, officials say. (photo Ken Meyer)
The Georgia Department of Corrections is moving more than a dozen prison officials.

The changes affect prisons across the state but are being called routine.

The Department has named eight new wardens, six new deputy wardens and two new superintendents in a total of 13 facilities.

Among the changes, the warden of Valdosta State Prison is moving to Telfair State Prison.

And the warden of Ware State Prison is moving to Wilcox State Prison.

Valdosta and Ware have been the site of unrest, fights and violence in recent years.

A Department spokeswoman says, wardens are transferred as a routine matter every two or three years in the summer or fall to give them new experiences and to prevent complacency.