Deal names Bryson corrections chief, moves Owens to parole board

Gov. Nathan Deal has nominated Homer Bryson, the former head of the law enforcement section at the Department of Natural Resources, as the state’s new corrections commissioner, replacing current prison chief Brian Owens.

Owens was appointed by Deal to a seat on the state Board of Pardons and Paroles, where he will replace James E. Donald, the state’s former corrections commissioner.

Deal’s office announced the shuffling of positions late Monday afternoon.

Bryson started working for DNR as a conservation ranger and eventually became colonel of the department’s law enforcement section.  He has been DNR’s deputy commissioner for the past four years.

Owens started his state government career as a parole officer in 1993 and was promoted to assistant chief parole officer and then to chief parole officer.  He was director of the corrections department’s office of planning and analysis, executive assistant, and assistant commissioner before being appointed commissioner in 2009.

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