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Date: June 10, 2002 Phone:  919-716-3727

Piedmont Correctional Institution gets new superintendent

Todd PinionSALISBURY- Secretary Theodis Beck has named Todd Pinion superintendent of Piedmont Correctional Institution effective June 1.

"Todd Pinion has moved through the ranks of both custody and programs working with all custody levels," said Secretary Beck. "I am confident his experience and calm demeanor will serve the facility and the community well."

Pinion has been with the Department nearly 22 years. He started out as a correctional officer at Piedmont and moved on to several different units serving as a programs supervisor, programs director and assistant superintendent at two facilities. He has been assistant superintendent of custody and operations at Piedmont since January 1993.

"I am very excited and hope to continue to move the facility in a positive direction," said Pinion. "I am looking forward to taking on new programs, the medical services changes and the many other challenges I will face. I am fortunate to have a strong staff to help me do that."

Piedmont is a point of entry into the prison system for male felons ages 22 and older from western North Carolina who are sentenced to less than 5 years in prison. Upon arrival, inmates undergo a series of diagnostic evaluations that will determine future prison assignments.

A native of China Grove, Pinion attended South Rowan High School. He also attended North Carolina State University where he graduated with a bachelorís degree in sociology and criminal justice.

Pinion is married and has two sons. His boys and their sporting events keep him busy, but when he gets a chance, he likes to take mountain trips.

Pinion replaces Joseph Pickelsimer who retired.

Editors: A digital photo of Pinion is available by calling the Public Information Office at 919-716-3700.

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