Oscar Garrison is a 14-year veteran with the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Garrison joined the agency in 1994, as a sanitarian in the Food Safety Division where he advanced to senior sanitarian and then to senior operations analyst, where he served as training officer for the division. Garrison served as the primary emergency coordinator for the department where he was responsible for the agency’s relief efforts during natural disasters and other major events including the G-8 summit. Garrison was appointed Division Director over the Department's Food Safety Division in January of 2007 and is responsible for enforcing the Georgia Food Act and for monitoring the safety and wholesomeness of food products manufactured and sold in Georgia. The division includes three district offices, one of which houses the Poultry and Egg Grading Service.
Garrison is the President of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), as well as a member of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), the Georgia Association for Food Protection (GAAFP), and the Georgia Environmental Health Association (GEHA).
A native of Homer, Georgia., Garrison currently resides in Jackson County, Georgia, with his wife, Tami, and sons Pierce and Parker. He is a graduate of Young Harris College and Jacksonville State University.