Albert G. Dawson Sr. is the Department of Children’s Services new Deputy Commissioner for Juvenile Justice. With more than 36 years of experience in this field, Dawson will be heading the department’s wide array of services for juvenile justice youth.
Most recently, he worked as the interim executive director for the Juvenile Justice division, which put him in charge of the five DCS youth development centers across the state.
He has also served as superintendent of the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center, a 144-bed facility in Nashville. During his tenure there, the facility was accredited with a 99.5 rating from the American Correction Association. After its next auditing visit from ACA, Woodland Hills scored a 100 percent rating.
Prior to his assignment at Woodland Hills, he was the director of the department’s Community and Residential Programs.