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Avery Niles removed as head of Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
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Avery Niles

Avery Niles, a longtime law enforcement and corrections official in Hall County, has been removed as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, according to agency spokesman Glenn Allen.

“Commissioner Avery Niles submitted his resignation to the Board of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice effective Sept. 1,” reads a statement from the DJJ. “Following an executive session, the board voted not to accept the resignation and voted to remove him from the position of commissioner, effective immediately. Gov. Brian P. Kemp has approved the board’s decision.”

In published reports, Niles recently came under fire when it was revealed that he lied under oath in a deposition related to a lawsuit against the DJJ. Niles claimed he had earned an associate degree in criminal justice that he later admitted he did not possess. It is unclear whether this was the reason his employment with the agency was terminated.

Niles began as interim commissioner of the Georgia DJJ in October 2012, replacing L. Gale Buckner, who announced her retirement from the DJJ to serve as chief magistrate judge in Murray County. 

Niles previously served as commander of the Hall County Detention Center and is a 23-year veteran of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, according to biographical information on the DJJ website.