A longtime Newton County law enforcement officer has replaced Avery Niles as commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Gov. Brian Kemp swore in Tyrone Oliver July 25 following Oliver's approval by the Board of Juvenile Justice. Offenders 21 and younger are served by the DJJ.
"Police Chief Tyrone Oliver has long been a pillar of the Newton County community, both as a career law enforcement official and a strong leader in numerous organizations," Kemp said. "As commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice, I know that Tyrone will lead with integrity to ensure that Georgians in his care have the right tools to succeed and improve their lives for the better."
In 1999, Oliver began his law enforcement career with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer. After becoming a deputy sheriff, Oliver was promoted to sergeant and later lieutenant. In 2016, Oliver was named chief of police for Social Circle. In November 2018, he was designated deputy city manager.
Oliver replaces Niles, a longtime Hall County law enforcement official, who was removed as commissioner after admitting in court proceedings that he gave misleading statements about his education.
“Commissioner Avery Niles submitted his resignation to the Board of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice effective Sept. 1,” the DJJ said in a statement July 17. “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.”