The Union Recorder

July 29, 2013

Former deputy appointed to governor’s post

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — A former local sheriff’s deputy and Milledgeville resident has been appointed to a leadership position by governor’s office. 

Gov. Nathan Deal recently appointed Braxton Cotton to serve as the executive director of the newly created Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry. This new program is the next step of the governor’s criminal justice reform initiatives, and will also support collaboration on reforms passed during the last two legislative sessions. 

The office will work to ensure that those who leave our prison system have the support and skill sets needed to become productive members of society, reducing the recidivism rate of offenders and lessening the financial burden currently placed upon our state. The office will be administratively attached to the Georgia Department of Corrections, but will report directly to the Governor’s Office. 

Cotton was appointed to executive director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council by Deal in June 2012. He previously served in the Georgia State Patrol for five years. Cotton also worked as deputy sheriff and as a detective in the Baldwin County Sherriff’s Department in Milledgeville, where he won the 2004 Officer of the Year Award. During his time in the U.S. Army, he was awarded with the Army Achievement Medal. He received an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Georgia Military College, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University (Fort McPherson) and is currently studying to obtain his master’s in Public Policy. 

He and his wife, Danielle, have two children. They reside in Atlanta.

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