Colquitt County Correctional Institution Warden Billy Howell was named president of the Georgia Prison Wardens Association at the group’s 71st Annual Convention and Training Conference June 13-16 at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga.
Outgoing President Carl Humphrey of Baldwin State Prison called the conference to order and was followed by an update given by Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens.
Each year at the Georgia Prison Wardens Association summer conference, the association recognizes professionals who have dedicated their careers to ensuring the integrity and vitality of the corrections profession, and those who have retired during the course of the year. Fund-raising events are held to provide scholarships for academic pursuits of degrees.
In addition to Howell’s election as president, the following officers were chosen for the 2010-2011 year:
• First vice president, Warden Brenda Davis of Dooly State Prison, Unadilla, Ga.
• Second vice president, Warden Johnny Weaver of Jackson County Prison, Jefferson, Ga.
• Third vice president, Warden Clay Tatum of Lee State Prison, Leesburg, Ga.
• Secretary-Treasurer, Warden Bill McKenzie of Coweta County Prison, Newnan, Ga.
• Chaplain, Superintendent Ronald Brawner of Augusta Transitional Center, Augusta, Ga.
The association issued ten $1,000 scholarships to the following:
• John Edwards, Dooly State Prison.
• Monica Lancaster, Pulaski State Prison.
• Jene Wooden, GDCP.
• Dominique Shivers, Hancock State Prison.
• Katlyn Reeves, Baldwin State Prison.
• Ulysses Foston, III, Men’s State Prison.
• Raven Welch, Colwell PDC.
• Jana Sizemore, Calhoun State Prison.
• Sydney Smith, Ware State Prison.
• Brenda McClendon, Southwest PDC.
=Those who retired from state service and honored this year by the association were:
• Warden Thomas Ammons.
• Superintendent Larry Brooks.
• Superintendent Fredrick Burnette.
• Warden Dwight Hamrick.
• Warden and Field Operations Manager Wendy Squires.
• Warden Dale Herndon.
The wardens and superintendents attending the conference attain credited training hours required by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council to maintain their power of arrest under Georgia law.
The Georgia Prison Wardens Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to organize and promote the administration of the prison system of Georgia and the people in charge thereof. It is tasked with creating a coordinated interest among county, state, and private (corporate) wardens and superintendents to work toward common goals, to promote the welfare of all facilities, and to promote education for employees and their families through a scholarship program. It also promotes the cooperation of every state and county official as well as the citizenry in an effort to protect society, acquaint the general public with the difficulties faced in efforts to rehabilitate inmates, and curb crime through proper treatment of offenders.
Founded in 1939 originally as the Georgia County Prison Warden's Association, the organization evolved into the Georgia Prison Wardens Association to include county, state, and private prison wardens and center superintendents.