Walt Davis was named the new warden of the Hall County Correctional Institute by the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday. His appointment is effective Feb. 4.
Davis has nearly 30 years of experience in criminal justice, including numerous senior management positions with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Those positions include division director, clemency and parole selection division and assistant division director.
“I am honored to have been selected by the board of commissioners to serve as the next warden of the Hall County Correctional Institute,” Davis said. “I am committed to operating a safe, secure and efficient facility that through the use of work details provides a cost-effective workforce multiplier for the citizens of Hall County.”
Davis received a bachelor’s degree in both political science and history at Mercer University and a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in justice administration from Columbus State University.
Davis replaces Avery Niles, who resigned as warden late last year to become the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.
In other business, Commissioner Jeff Stowe said the commissioners should re-evalute whether the county should build its own sewer treatment facility to service the new Gateway Industrial Centre, a 518-acre industrial park that will be the future home of the new Georgia Poultry Laboratory. The agreement between the laboratory and the county stated the county must provide the service within 36 months of the laboratory’s closing on the property in the park, which was completed in October.
However, Stowe said there was a lot of interest in the industrial park and there may be a need to provide sewer service to it earlier than expected. The board approved building its own system after looking at options from Lula and the city of Gainesville. Commissioner Billy Powell said he met with representatives from a manufacturing business Thursday morning about the industrial park. He said it is one of multiple sites the company is considering.
The commissioners also voted on various appointments and reappointments to boards and county positions. Commissioner Craig Lutz voted against reappointing County Attorney Bill Blalock, while the other four commissioners voted to approve.
Lutz left without commenting and didn’t return calls to his cellphone.