Interim warden given job officially

LAWRENCEVILLE - On Monday, David Peek removed "interim" from his title and was appointed warden of the Gwinnett County Comprehensive Correctional Complex and director of the corrections department.

Peek had served as interim warden of the 800-bed facility on Hi-Hope Road since October 2007.

"We are very pleased to be able to fill this position from within with a very well-qualified internal candidate," said County Administrator Jock Connell. "David has been guiding the department in an extensive process to become accredited by the American Correctional Association, and I'm confident his leadership will take the organization the rest of the way in achieving accreditation."

Peek began his law enforcement career in 1977 with the Clayton County Sheriff's Department. In 1979, he joined the Gwinnett County Police Department, eventually reaching the rank of captain. In 1999, Peek began his Department of Corrections career as deputy warden, where he directed the support services and security divisions. In 2006, he became the first person in Georgia to earn recognition as a Certified Correctional Executive by the American Correctional Association.

"I appreciate the support that I have received from County Administrator Jock Connell and the Board of Commissioners," Peek said. "I look forward to serving as warden and working with the dedicated and professional employees of this department."

Peek will report to Deputy County Administrator Susan Lee.