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Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner

Director of Public Affairs
Joan Heath

Contact: Office of Public Affairs (478) 992-5248


For Immediate Release

New Warden Named at Lee State Prison

Forsyth - Commissioner Brian Owens announced the appointment of D. Bruce Lee as Warden of Lee State Prison effective January 1, 2012. The facility is located in Leesburg, Georgia. As Warden, Lee will be responsible for overseeing 197 staff members and 750 medium security male inmates.

“Bruce is a dedicated and valuable employee and is committed to helping the Department carry out its mission,” said Commissioner Brian Owens. “We look forward to the leadership and experience he will bring to Lee State Prison,” added Owens.

Lee began his career with the Department in 1987 as a Probation Officer in the Cobb Judicial Circuit. In 1992, he transferred to Phillips State Prison as a MH/MR Senior Counselor. In the following years, Lee served as the Mental Health Unit Manager at both Phillips and Hays State Prisons. In 2001, he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent at Northwest Probation Detention Center. Lee returned to Phillips State Prison in 2002 where he served as Deputy Warden of Care & Treatment. In 2006, he was promoted to Superintendent at Paulding Probation Detention Center where he most recently served. Lee received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Psychology from University of West Georgia. Lee is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Public Administration at Valdosta State University.

The Department of Corrections is the fourth 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.