Board fires DJJ commissioner after he offered resignation, officials say

ATLANTA — Channel 2 Action News has learned that the commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice has been fired.

Officials confirmed to Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher that Commissioner Avery Niles had turned in his resignation to the DJJ board Wednesday morning, but the board voted to terminate him instead.

Niles was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to head DJJ in 2012.

The DJJ released a statement Wednesday, saying:

"Today, Commissioner Avery Niles submitted his resignation to the Board of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice effective September 1. Following an executive session, the Board voted not to accept the resignation and voted to remove him from the position of Commissioner, effective immediately. Governor Brian P. Kemp has approved the Board’s decision."