Teketa Jester Promoted

FORSYTH, Ga. –  Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Tyrone Oliver announced the promotion of Teketa Jester to Warden at Central State Prison (SP), effective July 1, 2023. As Warden, Jester will be responsible for overseeing staff members and approximately 1,044 male offenders.

"Jester has worked her way up through the ranks  and excelled at each position she has held," said Commissioner Tyrone Oliver. "We are confident that her leadership and knowledge will greatly benefit her in her new role as Warden at Central SP."

Jester began her career with the department in 1997 as Correctional Officer at Metro SP, and in 199, she transferred to Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison (GDCP). In 2003, Jester was promoted to Sergeant at West Central Probation Detention Center and returned to GDCP in the same role. During her tenure at GDCP, she was promoted through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Unit Manager, and Deputy Warden of Security, where she currently serves.

Jester holds an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Crescent College and is pursuing a bachelor's degree from Georgia Military College. Her departmental training consists of Basic Correctional Officer Training, Sergeants Academy, Basic Management, Supervision I, II, and III, Management I, II, and III, Deputy Warden of Security Academy, and Warden's Pre Command.

About the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC)

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising approximately 47,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information on the GDC, call 478-992-5247 or visit https://gdc.georgia.gov.


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