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Niles joins committee for selection of next Child Advocate office leader

POSTED: November 22, 2013 11:42 p.m.

Avery Niles

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Hall County native and state Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the nominating committee for the selection of Georgia’s next head of the Office of the Child Advocate.

The committee is responsible for finding a successor to Tonya Boga, whose three-year appointment soon will be completed. Members will recommend candidates from a pool of applicants.

Niles, a Clermont resident, previous served as warden of the Hall County Correctional Institution, commander of the Hall County Detention Center and worked more than two decades in the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Joining Niles on the committee will be Cherokee County Juvenile Court Judge John Sumner, Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards, Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson, DHS Commissioner Keith Horton, Georgia COO Bart Gobiel and Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities Commissioner Frank Berry.

The Georgia Office of the Child Advocate serves to provide advice, assistance and aid to assist at-risk families and foster children.

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