Gail Gale Buckner will leave the Department of Juvenile Justice on November 1 to reportedly become a Chief Magistrate.
Buckner, a career law enforcement officer, also told employees that she had already been scheduled to retire in Nov. 2011 when Gov. Nathan Deal appointed her to lead the DJJ.
The day Deal announced the appointment, Nov. 7, 2011, an inmate was beaten to death at Augusta’s youth detention center, amidst agency-wide safety and security deficiencies.
“I have stayed with DJJ until that crisis was corrected and I am satisfied the agency is operating on a stable path,” she said.
Buckner now is “to be named Murray County Chief Magistrate,” according to a DJJ statement.
The DJJ Board has a special meeting tonight.