Interim commissioner named for Ga. DJJ

Avery Niles (Hall County website)
Avery Niles (Hall County website)
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Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice has announced an interim commissioner.

Avery Niles was voted in unanimously by the Georgia Board of Juvenile Justice during a special meeting Wednesday afternoon.

He replaces Gale Buckner, who is stepping down Nov. 1 to serve as a chief magistrate in Murray County. Buckner helped clean up the Augusta Youth Development Campus after an inmate's death last year and several reports of corruption among YDC employees.

Niles, who is chairman of the board, will be resigning from the board on Oct. 31. The election for chairman will take place Nov. 15.

Here is more information on Niles from the Hall County website:
"C.I. Warden Avery Niles, who previously served as Commander at the Hall County Detention Center, is a 23-year veteran officer of HCSO. In 1986 he began his career as a patrolman and worked his way through the ranks, serving as a Sergeant in Juvenile Investigations, Lieutenant in Patrol, Lieutenant in Work-Release-House Arrest and Lieutenant in the Detention Center before becoming its Commander.

In October 2011, Governor Nathan Deal appointed Warden Niles to the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, and in March 2012 he was chosen to lead the board as chairman. In June 2012, Governor Deal appointed Warden Niles to serve on the Accountability Court Funding Committee, which oversees the creation of new accountability courts in the state of Georgia. Warden Niles serves in several professional associations, including the Board of the Northeast Georgia Police Academy, the Georgia Jail Association, and the Georgia Prison Wardens' Association Board as second vice president.

Warden Niles' extensive community involvement has included serving as church deacon, Gainesville Foundation Board Trustee, member of the Board of Directors for the Gainesville Boys & Girls Clubs, as well as Hall County United Way. He served as President of the Hall County Men's Progressive Club and the Hall County Fraternal Order of Police, and has been an active member of many other organizations including the Hall County Civic Association, Rape Response, American Red Cross and the March of Dimes. Warden Niles is a member of the Gainesville Kiwanis Club.

Warden Niles is a graduate of Gainesville High School, the Georgia Police Academy, the FBI National Academy, and the Georgia Chiefs of Police School. Warden Niles also serves as a trustee on the Georgia Prison Wardens' Association Board and is an active member of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, the National Sheriffs' Association, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia Chapter of the FBINAA, the National Association of Child Abuse Investigation, and the National Internal Affairs Investigators Association. In addition, he is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science.

Warden Niles and his wife, Charlene, have one child, Brittani."

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