Commissioner of Ga. DJJ announces retirement

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
Gale Buckner

DJJ Commissioner Gale Buckner was called to a special meeting with the Augusta-Richmond County delegation in Atlanta on Tuesday. (WRDW-TV / Jan. 24, 2012)

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice announced on Tuesday that she will retire Nov. 1.

Gale Buckner was brought in last year after the death of 19-year-old Jade Holder at Augusta's Youth Development Campus.

Since then, Buckner has had to deal with multiple reports of officer misconduct and sexual assaults. She made a number of visits to Augusta during inspections and news conferences to talk about changes at the YDC.

Buckner is stepping down to serve as a chief magistrate in Murray County.

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