The Georgia Department of Corrections named a new warden for Hays State Prison.

Scott Crickmar was named warden of the prison starting July 1, 2013.

Crickmar will be responsible for overseeing 353 staff members and 1,683 close security prisoners.

"Scott has exhibited excellent leadership qualities throughout his career with the Department," said Commissioner Brian Owens. "We are confident that his wealth of knowledge will serve him well in this position."

Crickmar most recently served as the warden of Walker State Prison, Georgia's first faith and character based prison. He has worked in the department of corrections since 2000 and has worked at three different prisons in various roles.

The former warden, Clay Tatum, was released in December after four inmates were killed and two correctional officers were stabbed. Tatum was warden during one of the worst outbreaks of violence in the prison's history.

Rick Jacobs was interim warden after Tatum's departure. Jacobs was appointed Deputy Director of Facilities Operations effective July 1.

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 60,000 state prisoners and more than 160,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 12,000 employees.