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


The Division of Prisons undergoes reorganization

Raleigh - While red ribbons are being cut across the state opening new prisons, red tape is being cut in the Division of Prisons’ operations and management section, saving staff time and taxpayer money.

Prisons Director Dan Stieneke has begun streamlining prison operations by announcing the reorganization of top management. Six regional managers will replace the area offices and the command manager positions. Prison superintendents will report directly to one of these six directors who in turn report straight to the prison director. By eliminating several layers, the approval process for personnel actions and other requests will be greatly reduced.

Deputy Secretary Theodis Beck, whose own division underwent a major reorganization when he was director of Adult Probation and

Parole, supported Stieneke’s efforts and said, "If we don’t do this, somebody will do it for us."

"Gov. Hunt particularly has requested the streamlining of state government, and taxpayers can only rejoice at the changes," Correction Secretary Mack Jarvis said.

The reorganization will be implemented during the next two years. Through attrition, jobs are being found for those people whose positions are being eliminated.

At the prison superintendents’ meeting held in Raleigh June 11 and 12, Stieneke outlined the six new regions and named the directors. He emphasized that he and his staff are just beginning the process, and exactly which prisons will fall into which region has not yet been determined.

The six regions and their directors are: Western - Steve Bailey, the Piedmont - Boyd Bennett, Central - Bob Parrott, the Raleigh area - Jennie Lancaster, North Eastern - Bob Lewis, and South Eastern - Joe Lofton.

Stieneke said he would like the superintendents to write to him directly with their thoughts and suggestions on the reorganization. He pointed out that over the next two years, one of the most important tasks facing the division is the development and implementation of a streamlined organizational structure that is effective and responsive to the needs of local prison facilities.

"As an organization, and as individual correctional employees, we must embrace change that maximizes our effectiveness and empowers our employees to be successful," Stieneke said. "I have complete confidence in the ability of our employees to accomplish this."

Robert Parrott - The new manager for the Central Region is a native of Henderson. He received an associate art’s degree from Brevard College in 1959 and began working for DOC in 1962 as a correctional administrative clerk at Caledonia Prison. In 1964 he transferred to Polk Youth Center as an administrative assistant, then to the Youth Complex as an administrative officer. He later became a correctional administrative services manager for the North Central Area, and in 1994, promoted to area administrator.
Jennie Lancaster - the Raleigh Regional Manager, will be over several prisons in the Raleigh and extended Raleigh area. Lancaster holds a bachelor’s degree from Meredith College. Lancaster started working for DOC in 1972 as a program supervisor at Umstead Youth Center. For a short time, she was a program director for the North Central Area before moving to the North Carolina Correctional Center for Women as assistant superintendent in 1980. Two years later, she became superintendent. In 1987, Lancaster was promoted to chief of Program Services for the Division of Prisons, then to her current position as command manager for female prisons.
Bob Lewis - The Northeastern Regional Manager, began working for DOC in 1978 as correctional officer at Triangle Correctional Center. He has also worked at the N.C. Correctional Institution for Women, the Eastern Area Office as district manager and area administrator, the North Central Area Office administrator and became the Medium Security Command Manager in 1994. Lewis is a graduate of St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh.
Joe Lofton - The superintendent of Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro brings to his new job as the South Eastern Regional manager nearly two decades of experience. Lofton started as a correctional officer at Greene Correctional Center. He helped open Eastern Correctional Institution in his role as assistant superintendent for custody and operations. He also opened a 312-bed medium security addition at Sampson Correctional Center. In 1994, he was named superintendent of the Neuse prison. Lofton has a bachelor’s degree from Cameron University and a master’s from Central Michigan University. He also served nine years in the U.S. Army where he was a captain with the 82nd Field Artillery, earning two Bronze Star medals during the Viet Nam War.
Boyd Bennett - Heading the Piedmont region, Boyd Bennett has worked with the DOC since 1972, starting as a probation and parole officer in Davidson County. He worked as a program director, district manager and area administrator for the North Piedmont Area Office before becoming the Geographic Command Manager in 1993. He is a native of Rockingham County and has a bachelor’s degree from Guilford College and a master’s in Public Affairs from N.C. State University.
Steve Bailey - As the Western Region manager, Steve Bailey brings a lengthy correctional career to his new position. He worked in programs at Western Youth Institution, was superintendent of the Caldwell Correctional Center, district manager for the North Piedmont Area Office, assistant superintendent, and most recently, superintendent of Foothills Youth Institution.

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