Jackson DeFore Promoted

FORSYTH, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Tyrone Oliver announced the promotion of Jackson DeFore to Assistant Commissioner for Administration and Finance, effective June 16, 2024. In this role, DeFore will be responsible for overseeing all functions under the administration unit to include human resources, grants management, fleet management and the call center. Additionally, he will supervise all functions under the finance unit to include budget services, business management, business processes, financial services, fiscal audits and purchasing for the agency.

“Jackson has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills throughout his career with the GDC,” said Commissioner Tyrone Oliver.  “I am confident that his knowledge and expertise will serve him and our staff well as he takes on this important role.”

DeFore began his career with the state in 2006 as an Accountant with Central Georgia Technical College. He joined GDC in March 2012 as an Accountant 3 within the Financial Services unit. He was promoted to Accounting Manager of the Accounts Payable department in August of that year, and in 2015, he transitioned from managing the Accounts Payable unit to managing the payroll department. In 2018, he was promoted to Deputy Budget Director, and in 2019, he was promoted to Director of Financial Services, managing the Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Payroll sections for the GDC and Georgia Correctional Industries, as well as overseeing the Consolidated Banking Unit. In 2021, he was promoted to Deputy Director of Administration and Finance, where he currently serves.

Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Georgia and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia College and State University.  While working with the state, he has earned certifications in Certified Public Manager and Governmental Accounting, as well as Budget and Financial Management from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. 



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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