David Stokes Reassigned

FORSYTH, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Tyrone Oliver announced the reassignment of David Stokes to Special Assistant to the Warden at Coastal State Prison (SP) effective June 16, 2024. As Special Assistant to the Warden, Stokes will be responsible for assisting the Warden with daily operations of the facility and management of staff and offenders.

 “David has demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout his career and has been a dedicated team member who consistently leads by example,” said Commissioner Tyrone Oliver. “We are confident his vast correctional knowledge will be an asset to both the staff and offenders at Dodge SP as he continues in his commitment to ensuring the safe operation of the facility and offering offenders opportunities for rehabilitation.”

Stokes began his career with the GDC in 2013 as a Correctional Officer at Coastal State Prison (SP). During his tenure at Coastal SP, he was promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Chief of Security. In 2019, he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent at Long Unit, and in 2024, he was promoted to Superintendent, where he currently serves.

Stokes’ departmental training consists of Basic Correctional Officer Training, CERT Basic, TACT Basic, Supervision I, II, and III, Management I, II, and III, Sergeant’s Academy, Chief of Security Training and Assistant Superintendents Training.


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 50,000 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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