N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--July 1997


Institution Command Manager and former warden retires

Raleigh - After 33 years with the Department of Correction, Institutional Command Manager Gary Dixon retired.

In Dixon’s honor, more than 200 employees turned out Friday, June 13, for a fish fry at the National Guard Armory in Raleigh. Master of Ceremonies, Ed McMichael, introduced the speakers including Prisons Director Dan Stieneke, former warden and command manager, Nathan Rice, and current warden, James French.

Rice remembered their days at Central Prison when Rice was warden and Dixon the deputy warden. "I could depend on Gary to use good judgment," Rice recalled.

Stieneke said Dixon was a role model for other state employees and French said the employees at Central Prison had a great respect for him. "You have left your mark at Central Prison," French said. "You are an icon."

Dixon was hired as a correctional officer at Central Prison in May, 1964. He was promoted through the ranks and became superintendent of Polk Youth Center in 1976. He returned to Central Prison in 1982 to become deputy warden, then warden in 1987. He has been the institutional command manager since 1994.

NC DOC Correction News- July 1997
NC Department of Correction News
NC Department of Correction Homepage