Saturday January 28th, 2023 5:36PM

Niles says he's 'unsettled' about how firing was handled

By AccessWDUN Staff

Avery Niles said Thursday he submitted his resignation as commissioner of the state Department of Juvenile Justice because he had become distraction for the department, but the resignation was not accepted, and he was fired Wednesday morning.

In a statement to AccessWDUN, Niles said his resignation was first accepted, but officials changed their minds and released him.

“I really appreciate the opportunities that I was given,” Niles said. “The process in how all this happened is unsettling. There are a lot of great employees at DJJ that we will miss.”

Niles, who is from Gainesville, was appointed the agency's commissioner in 2012 by then-Gov. Nathan Deal.

Glenn Allen, public information officer for the agency, confirmed the information by phone Wednesday, saying that he could "only confirm (Niles) is no longer Commissioner of DJJ."

Later in the day, the department issued a statement, saying in part, “Commissioner Avery Niles submitted his resignation to the board of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, effective September 1. Following an executive session, the Board voted not to accept the resignation and voted to remove him from the position of commissioner, effective immediately. Gov. Brian P. Kemp has approved the board’s decision."

No official reason was given for Niles’ departure. But the action came about two weeks after an investigation by an Atlanta TV station found Niles lied under oath in a deposition about his educational background. According to 11Alive, the deposition was required as part of a lawsuit pending against the department.

In the March deposition, Niles admitted that he lied during a previous deposition about having a college degree. During the earlier deposition in 2017, Niles tells an attorney, “I have an associate degree …. in criminal justice,” the station reported, quoting the transcript of the deposition. Niles now says that isn’t true, the station reported.

As commissioner, Niles oversaw the detention and rehabilitation of Georgia's juvenile criminal justice system. 

“I have given this state all my energy and driven over 300,000 miles in trying to make a difference in so many young people’s lives,” Niles said in his statement to AccessWDUN. “I appreciate Gov. Kemp and thank him for the opportunity to serve.” 


  • Associated Categories: Homepage, Local/State News, Politics
  • Associated Tags: Avery Niles, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, DJJ
© Copyright 2023
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Official: Niles "no longer commissioner of DJJ"
Avery Niles of Gainesville, appointed as the Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice in 2012 by then-Gov. Nathan Deal, is no longer serving in that capacity.
2:16PM ( 8 minutes ago )
No bond for Lula man accused in sex crimes against child
A Lula man remained in the Hall County Jail Wednesday following his arrest last week on sex crime charges against a child under the age of 10.
11:37AM ( 2 hours ago )
Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling
US overdose deaths apparently declined a little last year _ first drop in nearly 30 years
11:33AM ( 2 hours ago )
Local/State News
Habersham voters will decide $31.7-million jail bond issue
The Habersham County Commission will let the public decide whether the county issues nearly $32 million in bonds to fund a new jail.
10:00PM ( 1 day ago )
Gainesville looking for new communications director following Perry's departure
After just 15 months on the job, Nikki Perry has left the post of Gainesville's Communications and Tourism Director.
10:18AM ( 2 days ago )
Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps
Religious leaders nationwide are using the pulpit to quell concerns in immigrant communities as the threat of an immigration crackdown looms
6:22PM ( 2 days ago )
Hall, Habersham men named to nominating committee for state Child Advocate
A Hall County man and one from Habersham County have been named by Gov. Nathan Deal to the nominating committee for the position of Advocate in the state's Office of Child Advocate.
By AccessWDUN staff
12:00PM ( 2 years ago )
AUDIO: Clermont resident, DJJ Commissioner returns from Israel trip
Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery Niles spoke to the Afternoon News Wrap about a two week trip to Israel where he learned about the country's response to threats of terror
6:00PM ( 3 years ago )
Two state Department of Juvenile Justice employees assigned to Hall, Dawson counties recognized
Several employees of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, including two who serve Hall and Dawson counties, were recently recognized by the DJJ Board.
5:44PM ( 3 years ago )
Gainesville nursing home residents receive hand-made blankets, storage container for them
Two groups of youthful offenders from juvenile detention centers in Augusta and Atlanta recently presented residents of a Gainesville nursing home with hand-made blankets and a place to keep them.
By AccessWDUN staff
6:06PM ( 3 years ago )
No bond for Lula man accused in sex crimes against child
A Lula man remained in the Hall County Jail Wednesday following his arrest last week on sex crime charges against a child under the age of 10.
11:37AM ( 2 hours ago )