N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--November 1998

Joe Hamilton named acting secretary

Raleigh — Gov. Jim Hunt named Joseph L. Hamilton, Jr. acting secretary of the Department of Correction on Oct. 1. Hamilton replaces Mack Jarvis who retired Sept. 30.

"Joe Hamilton has devoted his career to building the best possible correction department and a safer North Carolina," Hunt said. "As deputy secretary, he played a critical role in overseeing the building of 15,000 new prison beds to keep dangerous criminals off our streets, putting inmates to work and pushing for tougher community punishment programs. I have great trust in his judgment, his experience and his leadership to keep our Department of Correction on the right track."

A native of Fayetteville and a graduate of N.C. State University, Hamilton began his career in corrections as a personnel technician. He became personnel director in 1976, deputy director of prisons in 1987 and director that same year, special assistant to the secretary in 1995 and deputy secretary in 1997.

Hamilton has one son, 17 year-old Joseph Lee Hamilton III, who is a senior at Broughton High School.

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