N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--April 1997
Neely Moves to Top Spot at Charlotte
Raleigh - State Correction Secretary Mack Jarvis named Richard L. Neely superintendent of Charlotte Correctional Center in March.
"Richard Neely has worked his way up through the ranks and has the experience it takes to be a good manager and a leader," Secretary Jarvis said.
Neely, a Rowan County native, has served as assistant superintendent of Iredell Correctional Center since October 1996. He joined the department as a correctional officer at Piedmont Correctional Institution in 1980, the year the prison opened. He worked his way up through the ranks at Piedmont. He was promoted to sergeant in 1982, lieutenant in 1990 and captain in 1992.
"I value the lessons I learned at Piedmont, especially from people like Captain E.A.Wiggins," Neely said. "My years there helped prepare me for my new assignment at Charlotte."
Neely is a graduate of North Rowan High School and attended Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was a defensive back on the college's football team and was named to the all SICA conference team in 1977.
Neely and his wife, Dorothy, have a daughter, Keya.