Tyrone Oliver is a long-time resident of Newton County, Georgia, and was appointed to the position of Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner on January 1, 2023. In 1999, Commissioner Oliver began his law enforcement career as a Detention Officer with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. After becoming a Deputy Sheriff, Commissioner Oliver was promoted to Sergeant and later Lieutenant. His work with several different divisions provided him the versatility to effectively and successfully serve the community.
His career with Newton County included work for Uniform Patrol, Community Outreach, the East Metro Drug Enforcement Team, Criminal Investigations, the Special Investigations Unit, and the Crime Suppression Unit. He also served as the Public Information Officer. Commissioner Oliver was one of the first to be hired for the Brookhaven Police Department when the new city was formed in 2013. He was hired as a Sergeant and later promoted to Lieutenant. He served as the Assistant Commander of Internal Affairs and Criminal Investigations.
On January 8, 2016, Commissioner Oliver was officially named Chief of Police for the City of Social Circle after a long, competitive process. In November 2018, he was designated by the City of Social Circle as Deputy City Manager.
Governor Kemp appointed him to the position of DJJ Commissioner on July 25, 2019. Under his leadership, the agency focused on restoring youth inside and outside of detention through social programs, education, credible messenger mentorship, and wraparound services. This community-focused approach has increased educational opportunities and job placement for youth throughout Georgia, decreasing gang affiliation and increasing successful reentry.
Commissioner Oliver graduated from Columbus State University’s Law Enforcement Professional Management Program. His qualifications includes completion of Leadership in Newton and Walton County, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program and Leadership Trilogy Program, and Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange to Israel (GILEE). Oliver is also an active member of the Social Circle Rotary Club, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Commissioner Oliver currently serves as a board member for A Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center Inc., Student Success Alliance, Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, and Leadership Walton Alumni Association.