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


Salisbury - Superintendent Joel Threatt retired July 31 following his 32 years with the Department of Correction. Friends and family gathered July 25 to celebrate the Cabarrus prison superintendentís distinguished career.

"You could always depend on him no matter what time you called, day or night, no matter how tough it was," IMPACT Boot Camp Commandant John Taylor said. "Heís been an inspiration to all of us."

South Piedmont Area Administrator Mike York said Threattís retirement was a particularly difficult event for him. "I knew Joel when he was with the fugitive squad and counted him as a friend. His leadership, concern and dedication will be missed. I could always count on Joel to call and give a kind word."

Threatt began his career as an officer at Rowan Correctional Center in 1965. He was transferred in 1974 to the South Piedmont Fugitive Section based in Huntersville, and was a bloodhound handler tracking escapees. He became assistant superintendent at Rowan in 1982 and superintendent at Cabarrus in 1983.

Several DOC retirees attended Threattís luncheon including Bob Reese, T.L. Hooks, J.C. Pinion, Ron Whitaker and Benny Brooks.

One of Joelís frequent comments to tardy staff, "If you canít be here on time, we donít need you." Threatt drew another laugh when he told his well-wishers, "Another person will come on, take my place, and heíll probably do a better job; itíll just take him a long time."

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