DJJ Organization

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice provides organizational leadership and establishes the vision for the Agency. DJJ is headquartered in Decatur, Georgia and has approximately 26 Secure Facilities and 96 Community Services Offices throughout the state.

DJJ Executive Management Team is comprised of the Chief of Staff,  the Assistant Commissioner and four Deputy Commissioners.  Additional, the team consist of the Associate Superintendent of Schools, the Chief Financial Officer, and the General Counsel who report directly to the Commissioner. 

Office of Commissioner - Tyrone Oliver

Commissioner Tyrone Oliver was appointed to the DJJ leadership in July 2019. A long-time resident of Newton County, he was most recently Police Chief for the City of Social Circle. Previous to that appointment, Commissioner Oliver was one of the first hires of the Brookhaven Police Department when the city formed in 2013. 

Commissioner Oliver enjoyed a successful career with the Newton County Sheriff's Office where he worked his way through the ranks including time in the Uniform Patrol, Community Outreach, the East Metro Drug Enforcement Team, Criminal Investigations, the Special Investigations Unit, and the Crime Suppression Unit. He is a graduate of Columbus State University's Law Enforcement Professional Management Program.

Chief of Staff - Mark J. Mitchell

Mark J. Mitchell was appointed Chief of Staff for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice in September 2019. He is a 27-year law enforcement veteran that formerly served as Chief of Police for the City of Canton, Georgia. Mitchell received a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University and is a graduate of the 207th Session of the FBI National Academy.

Assistant Commissioner - Sean C. Hamilton

Assistant Commissioner Sean C. Hamilton is responsible for implementing the Commissioner's guidance and providing strategic direction for all Divisions under his supervision. Direct reports include the Division of Secure Detention, Division of Secure Campuses, Division of Administrative Services (to include Human Resources), Division of Support Services (to include Office of Chaplaincy Services), Office of Communications, and Office of Special Operations.

Mr. Hamilton has 29 years of experience working with delinquent youth and abused and neglected children and their families. Assistant Commissioner Hamilton holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Southern University in New Orleans.

Associate Superintendent of Schools [Interim] - Rufus Johnson, Ed.D.

Dr. Johnson joined DJJ in 1996 and has served as lead principal at the Macon Youth Development Campus and as a Regional Principal for GPA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Master of Arts degree in English Education from Mercer University, Education Specialist degree in School Leadership from Georgia State University, and a Doctor of Education degree in School Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Chief Finance Officer [Interim] - Steven Carter-Williams

Steven Carter-Williams began his career with DJJ in June 2017 as a Budget Administrator in the Division of Financial Services and was promoted to Budget Director in December 2017.  Before his employment with DJJ, he served for six years as a Budget Analyst Supervisor at the Georgia Department of Human Services. Mr. Carter-Williams earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southern University and Agriculture & Mechanical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

Cindy Wang

Office of Legal Services - Cindy Wang, General Counsel

DJJ Legal Services is headed by General Counsel Cindy Wang, who also serves as the Department’s Ethics Officer. The Office of Legal Services handles the legal interests of the agency and works closely with the Attorney General’s Office to represent the Department in state and federal courts. The Office handles youth-related matters in the courts; reviews and drafts contracts, legal documents and amendments to Board Rules; assists with policy development and provides training to staff and other legal professionals. Legal Services is also responsible for responding to requests for public information pursuant to the Georgia Open Records Act. General Counsel Wang has been with DJJ for four of her seventeen years with the State. 

Director of Government Relations - Zachary Louis

As Director of Government Relations, Mr. Louis’ primary responsibility will be to serve as the liaison between DJJ and the General Assembly which includes the evaluation of all proposed legislation related to the Department.  Mr. Louis comes to DJJ with nine years of experience, having served as Director of External Affairs for Valdosta State University and legislative aide for a former State Senator. He has expertise in all aspects of governmental affairs and his most recent accomplishments include working on the billion-dollar Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2014; and the successful lobby of the state legislature for nearly $8 million in bond projects for Valdosta State University. Mr. Louis received a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University in 2010.

Director of Communications - Glenn Allen

Communications Director Glenn Allen oversees all media relations aspects for DJJ. Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Allen was the Communication Director for the Georgia Department of Insurance/State Fire Marshal’s Office. He received his bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Savannah State University.

Division of Secure Detention and Secure Campuses – Pamela Johnson, Deputy Commissioner

Pamela Johnson is Deputy Commissioner over the Division of Secure Detention and Secure Campuses where she is responsible for the daily management of 19 Regional Youth Detention Centers (RYDCs) and 7 of the Youth Development Campuses (YDCs) in the DJJ system.  RYDC’s provide temporary, secure care and supervision to youth who have been charged with offenses or who have been adjudicated delinquent and are awaiting placement. DC Pamela Johnson has served with dedication to Georgia’s Juvenile Justice system during the past 20 years, working in professional roles throughout the Agency.   

 

Division of Community Services - Victor Roberts, Deputy Commissioner

Victor Roberts is Deputy Commissioner at the Division of Community Services, responsible for intake, case management, probation, supervision, detention planning, aftercare supervision and Re-entry services. In some areas, county staff provides intake and probation or shared services with the Department. Intake is the decision-making point at which a youth is either diverted from or formally processed into the juvenile justice system. Deputy Commissioner Roberts has been providing professional services for youth at the Department of Juvenile Justice for over 20 years

Margaret Cawood
Division of Support Services – Margaret Cawood, Deputy Commissioner

Margaret Cawood is Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Support Services (DSS). This Division is responsible for the Office of Behavioral Health Services (OBHS), the Office of Classification and Transportation Services (OCATS), and the Office of Nutrition, and medical and dental services. DSS regionals provide consultation and oversight of PBIS program and recreation activities. These services are provided on a daily basis to youth in DJJ care in all 26 secure facilities where the Division has been expanding its agency role as a result of Georgia's Juvenile Justice Reform. Deputy Commissioner Cawood has more than 30 years of experience in community mental health services, residential programing and the youth development field. Eighteen of those years have been with the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Shawanda Reynolds-Cobb
Division of Administrative Services - Shawanda Reynolds-Cobb, Deputy Commissioner

Shawanda Reynolds-Cobb is Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Administrative Services. Administrative Services encompasses the Office of Contracts, Office of Grants and Building Services, Office of Technology and Information Services, Office of Assets and Property Management, Office of Real Estate Management and Strategic Planning, Office of Engineering and the DJJ Criminal History Unit. DC Reynolds-Cobb has 25 years of state experience including time worked at the Criminal Justice Council overseeing the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program.