Bryson to replace Butterworth at GEMHSA

[private]Corrections Commissioner Homer Bryson will replace Jim Butterworth as director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA), the governor’s office announced Monday.

The move takes effect Dec. 1 when Butterworth, formerly a state senator and the state’s adjutant general, “transitions to the private sector,” said the statement from the governor’s office.

Greg Dozier, former commissioner of the Department of Driver Services (DDS), will succeed Bryson as commissioner of the corrections department.

“I would like to thank Jim Butterworth for his extensive service, first as a floor leader at the beginning of my administration through his time leading the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency,” Deal said.

“Under Jim’s leadership as adjunct [sic] general, the Georgia National Guard was recognized as the nation’s No. 1 army guard unit in 2013,” Deal said. “I wish him the best in his future endeavors as he moves to the private sector.”

Bryson has been the corrections commissioner for the past 20 months, formerly serving as deputy commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for four years. Prior to that, he was a colonel in the DNR law enforcement division, where he worked his way up from conservation ranger.

Dozier joined the Department of Corrections as assistant commissioner and chief of staff in October 2012. He started in state government in 1995 as an analyst for the Legislative Budget Office, and later was director of accounting for the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, a policy coordinator in the Office of Planning and Budget, and the DDS commissioner.

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