James B. Hunt, Jr., Governor
Theodis Beck, Secretary
Patty McQuillan, Director of Public Information (919) 733-4926

OCTOBER 1, 1999

Selma Townes named head of Franklin

Bunn - Selma Townes is the new superintendent of Franklin Correctional Center. She replaces Marvin Polk who was recently promoted to deputy warden at Central Prison in Raleigh.

A native of Warren County, Townes has been working for the Department of Correction since 1974 and was most recently the assistant superintendent for programs at Warren Correctional Institution.

"Selma Townes is a serious, no-nonsense manager who gets the job done and done right," Correction Secretary Theodis Beck said. "I am impressed with her leadership skills and know she will do a fine job at Franklin Correctional Center."

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Selma Townes

Townes graduated from John Graham High School in Warrenton in 1971. She received a BA degree in criminal justice from Shaw University in 1985.

Townes spent her first 16 years at Warren Correctional Center before becoming assistant superintendent, then superintendent at Person Correctional Center. The prison closed in 1995, and she moved to the newly-opened Warren Correctional Institution as assistant superintendent.

"I’m looking forward to accepting the challenge in my role as superintendent at Franklin," Townes said. "The crucial issues are retention of staff and reduction of inmate idleness."

Correction Enterprises operates the prison sign plant at Franklin Correctional Center where all the state’s highway signs are made.

Townes and her husband, Vernon, have three daughters.

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