A new warden will be taking over duties at the North Georgia Detention Center in Gainesville.
Charlie J. Peterson was appointed by the Corrections Corp. of America, a private firm that runs the facility at 622 Main St.
The center, which used to be the Hall County Jail, houses detainees for federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
After serving as assistant warden at the center since 2009, Peterson will oversee the operation of the 500-bed facility and lead a staff of more than 160 employees.
“We have a great team here at North Georgia Detention,” Peterson said in a news release. “I look forward to a very positive and successful future here as warden.”
He could not be reached for comment on Thursday by The Times.
The city of Gainesville acquired the property in October, after Hall County agreed to sell in June after months of negotiating with the city and CCA.
The city had been looking to control the future of the property, located in the heart of midtown redevelopment plans.
CCA, which previously leased from the county, will continue to lease the facility from the city for the foreseeable future.
Outside of his new role as warden, Peterson enjoys playing basketball, getting out on the golf course and watching University of Alabama football, according to the news release.
Peterson, along with his wife, Gladys, and two daughters, resides in Gainesville.