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Commissioner Appoints New Wardens For Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

Thursday, February 16, 2006 | 06:00pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner George Little today announced the appointment of two veteran managers to serve as wardens at the Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex Site 1 and 2.


Effective March 1, David Mills will return to Morgan County to serve as warden of the Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex Site 2 in Wartburg and will also manage the Morgan County expansion team. Mills is transferring back to Brushy Mountain after serving nearly three years as warden at West Tennessee State Penitentiary.

In addition, Acting Warden Jim Worthington has been appointed warden of the Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex Site 1, and will also oversee the future decommission team of this historic prison site.

“Warden Mills and Worthington possess the leadership skills that this challenging facility requires to carry out the day to day activities, including a major expansion project,” said Little. “I know that the staff and the community alike will offer their full support to these managers as they assume their new roles.”

Mills has been employed with the department since 1975, when he started his career as a correctional officer at the former Fort Pillow Prison and Farm. He has served in a number of leadership roles over the past thirty years, including warden of Turney Center Industrial Prison from 1995-1997 and Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex from 1997-2003. Since June 2003, he has been the warden at West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning, Tennessee.

Worthington is a 24-year employee of the Tennessee Department of Correction. He started his career in March 1981 as a correctional officer at the Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility. Worthington worked his way up through the ranks from corporal to unit manager at Brushy Mountain, including a brief stint as associate warden at the Knoxville Community Service Center before the site closed. He was named Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex’s deputy warden in 2001, and has served as acting warden since August 2005.

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