Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner
Director of Public Affairs
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (478) 992-5248
STATE OF GEORGIA
For Immediate Release
Forsyth – Commissioner Brian Owens announced the appointment of Tom Chapman as Warden of Walker State Prison effective June 1, 2011. The facility is located in Rock Springs, Georgia. Warden Chapman will be responsible for 124 staff and 646 inmates.
“Warden Chapman has been committed to carrying out the Department’s mission since 1983,” said Commissioner Brian Owens. “He has worked his way up through the ranks and we look forward to his leadership at Walker State Prison,” added Commissioner Owens.
Warden Chapman began his career with the Department almost 30 years ago as a Correctional Officer at Georgia State Prison. Early in his career, Chapman received promotions as Sergeant at Ware State Prison and Lieutenant at Albany Transitional Center. In 1990, he attained the rank of Unit Manager at Hays State Prison. He was then promoted to Assistant Superintendent in 1997 and to Superintendent in 2001 at Northwest Probation Detention Center. In 2005, he was promoted to Warden at Milan State Prison and most recently served as Warden at Pulaski State Prison, in Hawkinsville, Georgia.
The Department of Corrections is the fifth largest prison system in the United States and is responsible for supervising nearly 60,000 state prisoners and over 150,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 13,000 employees.