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Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner

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Joan Heath

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


For Immediate Release

New Superintendent Named at Turner Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Center Gwendolyn Meriweather appointed

Forsyth - Commissioner Brian Owens announced the appointment of Gwendolyn H. Meriweather as Superintendent of the Turner Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Center effective July 1, 2012. The center is located in Sycamore, Georgia. As Superintendent, Meriweather will be responsible for overseeing 56 staff members and 228 offenders.

"Meriweather brings a wealth of knowledge to the newly converted Turner RSAT," said Commissioner Owens. "I am confident her experience will benefit the staff and offenders," added Owens.

Meriweather began her career with the Department in 1993 with the Care & Treatment Department as a Counselor at Autry State Prison. In 1994, she transferred to Dooly State Prison where she served as Senior Counselor. Between 1996 and 1999, Meriweather served as Chief Counselor at Calhoun and Lee State Prisons. She was promoted to the Management Development Unit in 1999 and shared her skills by teaching Basic Management Training to both facilities and probation staff in the Southwest and Southeast Region. In 2008, she was promoted to Deputy Warden of Care & Treatment of Lee State Prison where she most recently served. Meriweather earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbus State College. She earned two Master of Science degrees from Troy University; one in Management and the other in Criminal Justice. Meriweather has completed Basic Correctional Officer Training, the Correctional Leadership Institute, Pre-Command, Management Development Training, POST IT, Supervisory Training Level I, Certified Grievance Hearing Officer Training and Georgia Certified Public Manager Training.

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.