Augusta YDC director Cedric Taylor leaving for warden position

After just a year on the job, Augusta Youth Development Campus Director Cedric Tay­lor is moving on.

Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice spokesman Jim Shuler confirmed late Tuesday that Taylor has accepted “a challenging new position” as a warden with Geor­gia Department of Cor­rections, where he has worked since 1992, and will leave the Augusta youth facility Jan. 31 for the new post.

A year ago, Taylor became the troubled facility’s fifth director in two years.

His assignment followed the October 2012 escape of five inmates, a violent November 2012 fight unreported to state officials for weeks and numerous staff resignations and terminations.

At the time, DJJ Commis­sioner Avery Niles touted Taylor’s “reputation for honesty and a firm and fair attitude for leadership.”

Niles praised Taylor’s year of work at the 120-capacity south Augusta facility for male inmates as a stabilizing force.

Taylor “came to DJJ at a time when the Augusta YDC secure facility needed him most. His DOC background and strong management presence helped stabilize the safety and security environment at Augusta YDC,” Niles said in a news release.

Taylor gave DJJ a month’s notice, but his replacement has not been named, Shuler said.

“There will be no lapse in experienced juvenile correctional management at Augusta YDC in Director Taylor’s absence,” he said. “Commissioner Niles has already planned for a rotating schedule of regional and top tier DJJ leadership to begin at the end of the month.”

If no replacement is found, the YDC assistant director will become acting director, Shuler said.

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