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Warden:
Dennis Nelson

Deputy Warden:
Ray Amey

11420 S.L.R. Boulevard
Lovejoy, GA 30250

Phone: (770) 473-5777
Fax: (770) 473-5783

Refuse Control
Phone: (770) 477-3548

Bios

Warden Dennis Nelson

Dennis Nelson is the Warden of the Clayton County Prison. Warden Nelson was appointed to his position with Clayton County in 2014. Prior to Clayton County Warden Nelson was the chief of police with the City of Metter Police Department.

Warden Nelson has served in law enforcement for the past 41 years working with several city police departments as well as Forsyth, Gwinnett and Fulton County Sheriff’s Offices. He has worked in numerous capacities including national accreditation, state certification, investigations, patrol, traffic enforcement and specialized accident investigation, community outreach, court security, jail administration, support services, records, warrants, administration, and many other areas. He has supervised, managed and/or commanded in all areas of law enforcement, including holding positions as warden, chief of police, deputy chief and chief jailer.

Warden Nelson has served on numerous state law enforcement accreditation and certification boards and is also a certified law enforcement assessor and team leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) and the State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program. He is also the past president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Incorporated in 1962, the GACP is one of the most respected law enforcement associations in the state. The association is made up of police chiefs, wardens, marshals and department directors and is the largest professional association for law enforcement administrators in Georgia, and one of the largest in the country.

Warden Nelson has a degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course as well as a graduate of the Columbus State University Command College Professional Management Program. He is also a graduate of the Georgia State University’s Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) Program as a visiting delegate to the Nation of Israel in 2003.

Deputy Warden Ray Amey

Ray Amey is the Deputy Warden of Clayton County Prison. Deputy Warden Amey has been employed with Clayton County Corrections for the past 29 years.

Deputy Warden Amey began his career as a Corrections Officer with the Clayton County Corrections Department where he progressed through the ranks to the position of Major. He was promoted to Deputy Warden in 2021.

In his current assignment, Deputy Warden Amey is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Prison, Inmate Services, Refuse Control and Code Enforcement Divisions.