Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Brian Owens announced the promotion of University of North Georgia (UNG) graduate student Kenneth Mantle as manager of the Offender Administration Unit effective Dec. 1, 2014. In the role, Mantle will be responsible for the supervision of sentence processing, court production, information services, offender classification and releases, interstate detainers, and probation center referrals.
"Kenneth is a consummate professional with extensive knowledge of the day-to-day operations of the agency as a whole," Owens said. "I am confident that he will excel within his new role and will be of great benefit to the staff and operations of the Offender Administration Unit."
Mantle earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UNG and currently is pursuing a master's degree in criminal justice at UNG. He has completed Peace Officer Standards Training, Instructor Training, Firearms Instructor Training, and Corrections Leadership Institute.
Mantle has served as executive assistant to the commissioner since joining the GDC in 2010. Prior to joining GDC, he served as a parole officer with the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles and in the 10th Security Forces with the U.S. Air Force. He currently serves in the Georgia Air National Guard.
The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the nation and is responsible for supervising nearly 55,000 state prisoners and more than 160,000 probationers. With approximately 12,000 employees, it is the largest law enforcement agency in the state.