Turner began his career with the GBI in 1988 as a narcotics agent after serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 until 1988. His first assignment was with the Local Violators Squad, Decatur, Ga. In 1990, he was promoted to special agent and assigned to the GBI’s Albany Regional Drug Enforcement Office and, in 1995, was assigned to the agency’s Training Unit as a member of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education south east regional training cadre. Other assignments include the South Georgia Drug Task Force from 1999 until 2004, where Turner served as the assistant special agent in charge, and his most recent assignment as the assistant special agent in charge of the Region 9 office in Thomasville.
“Steve’s dedication and service to this agency has proven invaluable,” said Deputy Director for Investigations Rusty Andrews. ”He is a capable leader and we are pleased to announce his promotion.”
Turner is a 1984 graduate of Cairo High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Valdosta State College. In 2008, Turner graduated from Columbus State University, where he earned a master of public administration degree in justice studies.
Turner is the son of Laverne and Sydney Turner of Grady County. He says his father’s law enforcement career probably had a hand in his own work choice.
“I’ve always looked up to both my parents and wanted to be like them, so I imagine his job had something to do with it,” Agent Turner said.
Sydney Turner was elected sheriff of Grady County in the late 1980s. He is currently police chief in Pavo.
Steven Turner and his wife, Bonny, reside in Adel and are the parents of two children.