The GJA is organized
into five geographic regions throughout the state to ensure balanced representation and facilitate effective communication
purposes of GJA are to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and techniques, to advance professionalism through
training, technical assistance, publication and conferences; the Georgia Sheriff’s instill our jail standards and presents
those standards through training, information exchange, programs and services that GJA supports.
The GJA fosters fellowship and promotes
networking as tools to address mutual operational problems and needs.
GJA Organizational Structure
The GJA is governed by a Board of Directors composed of members elected
by the full membership. Board members include the Immediate Past President; the President; the President-Elect; First Vice-President;
Second Vice-President; Third Vice-President; Treasurer; Twelve Regional Representatives. The Secretary is appointed by the
addition to the Annual Business Meeting and Training Conference, the Board of Directors meets routinely during the year at
sites throughout the state. The topical committees also convene special meetings during the year to discuss membership, training,
conference and other issues. The structure and by-laws of the GJA are designed to ensure the full and representative
participation of all members.
ACTIVITIES OF GJA
GJA NEWSLETTER—The GJA
publishes a quarterly newsletter mailed to each member. The newsletter announces training opportunities, recounts interesting
developments in member jail agencies, and alerts and educated members about evolving legislation and administrative regulations
affecting local jail operations.
WEBPAGE—Bringing the GJA to the internet information medium. Upcoming events, officers, newsletter, “Jail Talk”,
and more can be found on the webpage.
PROGRAM– Each year GJA honors local jail employees who have distinguished themselves and their agencies.
elected officials and members strive throughout the year to share information about state and local jail operations. Business
meetings are convened during the year in each region to conduct the affairs of the GJA, exchange ideas and ensure full member
accessibility and involvement
GJA OFFERS YOU
GJA sponsors an annual training conference held in a different site each year to bring the GJA within reach of all its members.
In addition to providing timely, professional
instruction in critical operational areas, the conference provides a forum for jail vendor to exhibit and discuss their products
and services and sponsors an awards program to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of jail personnel.
1. Through cooperation, share information,
ideas, and solutions to further cost and operations effectiveness in member organizations.
2. Cultivate and provide leadership by advancing professionalism through training,
information exchange, technical assistance, management practices, publication and conferences.
3. Advance professionalism through training, technical assistance, knowledge exchange,
publications and conferences.
Present a unified voice in advancing the interests, needs, concerns and proficiencies of local jail professionals as deemed
appropriate by the membership.
Actively assist and support Georgia Sheriffs and other agencies and institutions of the criminal justice system to seek practical
solutions to challenges confronting jails.