Except for those positions exempted in accordance with law,
applicants for employment with the Department of Corrections shall be required
to meet the current criteria for the particular position as established under
the provisions of the State Personnel Administration.
(a) No applicant who has been convicted by
any state or by federal government, of any crime, the punishment for which
could have been imprisonment in a federal or state prison or institution or who
has been convicted of sufficient misdemeanors to establish a pattern of
disregard for the law is eligible for employment in a position that would
required police powers; provided this subparagraph (a) shall not apply to
violation of traffic laws and cases involving the operation of motor vehicles
when the applicant has received a pardon.
(b) Applicants previously convicted of a
misdemeanor who are former inmates, parolees, former parolees, probationers or
former probationers being considered for employment by an institution under the
jurisdiction of the State Board of Corrections must first be individually
approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections.
(c) Applicants previously convicted of a
felony being considered for employment by the Department of Corrections under
the jurisdiction of the State Board of Corrections must first be individually
approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections and then
submitted to the State Board of Corrections for their review and
All state employees
and all County Wardens, Deputy Wardens and Superintendents shall be subject to
a security investigation which will, as a minimum, include a fingerprint check
with state and federal agencies and verification of personal data and claimed
education and employment experience. Falsification or withholding of pertinent
data shall be considered cause for denial of employment or dismissal and may
result in prosecution.
1. No county governing
authority shall hire, in an acting capacity, for the positions of County
Wardens, Deputy Wardens and Superintendents without first performing a criminal
background check and credit check on the applicant. These checks will be
performed by the Georgia Department of Corrections if so requested by the
county governing authority. The reports shall be submitted to the Board of
Corrections for review and approval prior to extending any applicant an offer
of employment in an acting capacity.
All County Wardens/Superintendents and
Business/Records Managers must have diplomas attesting to their having been
graduated from a recognized high school or possess a General Education
Development (GED) certificate testifying to their having achieved high school
1. Subject to the
provisions in (d)1. above, employees selected by a county governing authority
to act as warden or deputy warden in a county correctional institution can only
be in an acting capacity for a period not to exceed 4 calendar months from the
date hired in the acting capacity unless otherwise approved by the Board of
Appointments to the positions of Warden/Superintendents and Deputy
Wardens/Superintendents of State Prisons/Centers shall require the approval of
the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections.
The Warden/Superintendent and Deputy
Warden of a County Institution shall be appointed by the County governing
authority, subject to the approval of the State Board of Corrections and shall
serve at the pleasure of the County governing authority, and the State Board of
Corrections. The administration of county correctional institutions shall, at a
minimum, include a Warden, Deputy Warden, and Business Manager. The following
criteria for appointment shall apply:
least thirty (30) days in advance of the appropriate meeting date for the State
Board of Corrections, the County governing authority shall submit to the
Commissioner of the Department of Corrections a request that a designated
applicant be considered for approval as the County Warden/Superintendent and/or
2. The County
governing authorities shall attach to their request a detailed resume and an
executed APPLICANT fingerprint card concerning the applicant.
3. On completion of a security investigation,
the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections will submit the application,
the County recommendation, and his recommendation to the Board of Corrections
for consideration at their next regular meeting.
4. The County Commissioners concerned and the
applicant will be notified of the results of the Board action.
(h) Employees at State
Prison/Center shall meet all State Personnel Administration requirements
relative to the particular job to which appointed. Except for County
Wardens/Superintendents as covered above, state employment criteria, although
not mandatory, should be used as a guide in the hiring of County Correctional
candidate for employment shall be required to undergo a medical (complete
physical) examination and meet those minimum physical standards which are
consistent with the requirements of the position sought.
(j) Candidates shall be selected and offered
employment solely on the basis of their individual merit and capacity to
perform the designated job in accordance with all state and federal laws
concerning discrimination with regard to race, color, religion, national
origin, sex, handicap or age, except where such affects their ability to
perform assigned duties.
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 125-2-1-.02
Ga. Constitution 1983,
Art. XI, Sec. I, O.C.G.A. Secs. 35-8-88,
"Employment" adopted as R. 415-2-1-.02. F. Nov. 14,
1984; eff. Dec. 4, 1984. R. renumbered as R.
June 28, 1985; eff.
July 20, 1985, as specified by
Amended: F. Oct. 23,
1990; eff. Nov. 12, 1990.
Amended: F. Dec. 10,
1992; eff. Dec. 30, 1992.
Amended: F. Nov. 22,
1995; eff. Dec. 12, 1995.
Amended: F. Nov. 6,
1998; eff. Nov. 26, 1998.
Amended: F. Dec. 3,
1999; eff. Dec. 23, 1999.
Amended: F. June 10,
2002; eff. June 30, 2002.
Amended: F. Oct. 1,
2009; eff. Oct. 21, 2009.