Atlanta – The board charged with the oversight of Georgia's misdemeanor probation system has elected Department of Corrections Commissioner Homer Bryson as its Chairman. The Board elected Bryson during their inaugural meeting on July 1, 2015.
“I am incredibly proud and humbled to be called upon by my colleagues to serve as Chairman. This is an exciting time for public safety in Georgia. I am confident that Georgia is poised to the lead the nation in the field of community supervision,” said Bryson.
Bryson was appointed as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections by Governor Nathan Deal on February 5, 2015. Prior to this appointment, he served as the deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for four years. Bryson began his career with state government in 1983 as a conservation ranger with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He continued his career with DNR, serving as Colonel of the Law Enforcement section and then Deputy Commissioner.
In addition to his role as Chairman on the newly formed Board of Community Supervision, Bryson also serves on the Georgia Board of Corrections, Georgia Board of Public Safety, Georgia State Indemnification Commission, Georgia Claims Advisory Board, Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training Council, Georgia Behavioral Health Coordinating Council and the Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund.
Bryson earned a Bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. Bryson and his wife, Lisa, have three children and reside in Flowery Branch.
Born of recommendations from the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform and Governor Nathan Deal’s ongoing criminal justice reform efforts, the Board of Community Supervision is the sole entity responsible for promulgating rules and regulations regarding private and governmental misdemeanor probation providers.
In addition to Bryson, the Board of Community Supervision consists of the Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Chairman of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Vice Chairman of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Director of the Division of Family and Children Services, the Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, a City Manager, a Sheriff and a County Commissioner.