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Hall to name new warden by early January
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Hall County is working to name a new warden to its correctional institute by early next month.

The Board of Commissioners met last week to conduct interviews with four candidates during an executive session.

“At this point, we’ll have to wait to see how it unfolds, and the board will ultimately have to make a determination,” County Administrator Randy Knighton said.

“They’ll likely make that decision in early January, and appoint that position in January.”

The last warden, Avery Niles, left Nov. 1 to become the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice commissioner.

Deputy Warden Dennis Udzinski has served in the interim.

The position, which entails overseeing the Department of Corrections and the Animal Control department, is appointed by the commission every year.

Katie Crumley, public information officer for the county, said, “The warden is responsible for approximately 35 county employees at the CI as well as roughly 87 or 89 across the county.”

He oversees all facility operations at the correctional institute, including maintaining discipline, transporting inmates, providing medical facilities, training and using K-9 units and directing inmate work crews.

“There are approximately 42 of those work detail crews, consisting of approximately 117 inmates,” Crumley said.