Cairo native Steven Bruce Turner has been promoted to special agent in charge (SAC) of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Region 9 Office in Thomasville.
Turner is responsible for managing daily operations of the office, which provides investigative support to law enforcement in the 10-county southwest Georgia area, which includes Colquitt County.
Ronnie Thompson, former Thomasville GBI office SAC, retired effective June 30.
Turner began his career with the GBI in 1988 as a narcotics agent after serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 until 1988. His first assignment was with the Local Violators Squad at Decatur.
In 1990, he was promoted to special agent and assigned to the GBI’s Albany Regional Drug Enforcement Office, and in 1995, was assigned to the agency’s training unit as a member of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education southeast regional training cadre.
Other assignments include the South Georgia Drug Task Force from 1999 until 2004, where Turner served as the assistant special agent in charge (ASAC). His most recent assignment was as ASAC of the Region 9 office in Thomasville.
“Steve’s dedication and service to this agency has proven invaluable,” said GBI Deputy Director for Investigations Rusty Andrews. “He is a capable leader.”
After a review of Turner’s work history, work reputation and performance ratings, Turner was chosen because the GBI considered him the best qualified person for the Thomasville position, Andrews told the Thomasville Times-Enterprise Thursday. Turner was one of five applicants for the job.
“He had to meet all the qualifications and be in the highly promotable band,” Andrews explained.
Turner is a 1984 graduate of Cairo High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Valdosta State College. In 2008, he graduated from Columbus State University with a Master’s of Public Administration in Justice Studies.
Turner and his wife, Bonny, reside in Adel. They have two children, Morgan, 13, and Dylan, 9.
The new GBI SAC calls Cook County High School football games on FM radio station WDDQ and writes a college and high school football column for the Adel News Tribune.
Turner’s parents are Grady County residents Laverne and Sydney Turner, a longtime law enforcement officer and former Grady County sheriff.
“I always looked up to both of my parents,” Turner said. “Seeing how they lived, I wanted to be more like them.”
Turner will supervise seven agents. “The bottom line is we’re going to keep doing what we’re doing,” he explained.
Turner anticipates no major changes.
“Agents work hard and are dedicated and enjoy what they’re doing,” he said.