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 assignment of Robert Toole to Warden of Ware State Prison effective July 1, 2012. The facility is located in Waycross, Georgia. As Warden, Toole will be responsible for overseeing 380 staff members and 1540 close security male offenders.
"Toole is a valuable asset to the Department and is committed to carrying out our mission," said Commissioner Brian Owens. "I am confident Ware State Prison will benefit from his leadership and years of experience," added Owens.
Toole has 16 years of experience with the Department of Corrections. Toole has served as a Correctional Officer, Counselor, Senior Counselor, Chief Counselor, Unit Manager, and Superintendent, at Smith, Telfair, Milan State Prisons. He was transferred in April 2010 to the Office of Investigations and Compliance where he served as Compliance Manager. In August 2010, he was promoted to Warden of Wilcox State Prison in Abbeville, Georgia, where he most recently served. Toole has a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southern University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He has completed Basic Correctional Officer Training, Basic Management Training, Corrections Leadership Institute, Pre-Command College and Command College.
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 12,000 employees.