John B. Edwards to Replace Wayne Dasher on Georgia Board of Corrections

Wayne Dasher is no longer the District 12 representative for the Georgia Board of Corrections.

The announcement came Thursday afternoon as Governor Kemp’s office announced a replacement appointment in Evans County native John B. Edwards.

73-year-old Dasher served on the Board of Corrections for twenty years after being appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2004. Dasher was a banker when he was appointed and had never worked in corrections.

He was quoted in the PrisonTown podcast in the Spring of 2023 saying that often times people get hired by the Georgia Department of Corrections because “they can’t get a job anywhere else.” Dasher has also been notoriously silent over the last three years as his hometown of Glennville, Ga has been rocked by a botched murder-for-hire scheme that originated from Smith State Prison in Tattnall County.

About John B. Edwards, per the press release from Governor Kemp’s office:

Edwards started his law enforcement career as a uniformed officer in 1977 and served 30 years in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation retiring as a Special Agent in Charge. Next, he served four years as a Chief Deputy Sheriff. Since 2014, Edwards has served as Executive Director of the Peace Officer Association of Georgia and CEO of J.B. Edwards and Associates Consultants. His experience ranges from working undercover in the street, major drug operations, investigation of major homicide cases, high profile cases, and politically sensitive cases, to special event security. His management background includes narcotics supervision, multi-jurisdictional task force supervision, general investigation supervision, and co-chair of crisis management for the 2004 G-8 summit.

Edwards has created and developed nationally recognized police operations programs and has over thirty years as a law enforcement trainer. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University, a former adjunct at the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College graduate school at Columbus State University, a Georgia P.O.S.T. certified instructor, and has a National Instructor Certification from the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training in Meridian, Idaho.

Edwards serves on the Advisory Board for the Georgia Public Training Center, Savannah Regional Police Academy. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Law Enforcement Education and Trainers Association and the Peace Officers Association of Georgia. He is the author of two books, thirty-one different law enforcement training curriculums, and many national and international publications regarding police operations, leadership, and management. He has received national awards and recognition from IACP and the BJA for operations and innovative programs and in 2014 was selected for the State of Georgia’s Governor’s Award in Public Safety for Outstanding Contribution to Profession. Edwards currently travels throughout the United States lecturing for many federal, state and local agencies and law enforcement associations regarding police operations, leadership and management, and conducts three-day seminars based on his book, “The Burden of Command.”

Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of TGV News She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement and corrections. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast.'

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