By Pamela Walker
When you walk into the halls of Pasquotank Correctional Institution you will
notice the friendly, yet professional staff. The 900-bed facility, which was
dedicated March 27, 1996, houses close and minimum custody adult males.
When Ernest Sutton was appointed correctional
administrator of the facility in June 1999, he said his biggest challenge was
that it was a fairly new institution with a predominately young and
inexperienced staff. "I wanted to learn about the staff and their
priorities and have them get to know me," said Sutton. "My top
priority was to build morale. The staff has done an outstanding job of bonding
and being a part of the team." Sutton added he supports positive leadership
and made copies of "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" by John
Maxwell available to his staff and inmates as a model of the institution’s
Pasquotank Correctional Institution was built
using the same design as Foothills and Marion correctional institutions in
western North Carolina. The prison is comprised of one large building, which
includes inmate housing, visiting area, recreation area, dining hall, warehouse,
vocational and academic classrooms, programs, medical and mental health offices
and administrative offices and a separate satellite building which houses the
minimum custody inmates.
Inmates work in kitchen, janitorial and
maintenance duties in the prison. Minimum-security inmates work in community
work squads, Department of Transportation squads, Albemarle Food Bank, and for
Pasquotank County recycling.
"We have several programs for inmates that I
am proud of," said Sutton. The College of the Albemarle provides a variety
of programs, which include cooking, electrical installation, carpentry, and HVAC
courses. ABE and GED educational programs are also provided.
Barnes, left, is assistant superintendent of custody
and operations. He has worked for the Department nearly
32 years. Barnes has indicated that he will probably
never leave, because he is having so much fun. His job
responsibilities include overseeing the operation of the
900 inmates and 400 correctional staff at Pasquotank. Joseph
Marrow, right, is the medical administrator for
Prison Health Service. Marrow is contracted to provide
medical services to inmates at both Pasquotank and Hyde
Strahan, right, is assistant
superintendent of programs. He oversees all academic,
vocational, medical, dental and site services programs. Gary
Cook, left, is institutional classification
coordinator and is responsible for the overall
coordination of classifications, DCC activities,
transfers and releases.
administrator for Pasquotank, Ernest R. Sutton
tries to provide all the training and support his staff
needs for running a secure, team-oriented facility.
Sutton oversees the entire operation of Pasquotank. He
started working for the Department in 1971 as a program
assistant I in what was then called the Region R office
in Currituck County. Two years later he was promoted to
program assistant II at Creswell in Washington County.
He was later promoted to programs supervisor and then in
1978 superintendent of Creswell. In 1987 he became
interim superintendent at Currituck Correctional Center
and then became superintendent in 1988. He was promoted
to correctional administrator of Pasquotank in June
accounting technician II, Linda R. Tilley,
seated, handles requisitions/purchase orders,
budget monitoring and is backup for the trust
fund clerk. She has worked at the facility since
December 1994. Linda C. Chambers,
standing, is an accounting technician I and has
worked at Pasquotank since November 1995.
Chambers handles inmate trust accounts on the
cashless inmate banking system, enters usage
orders for the warehouse and assists mailroom
Dennis M. Daniels works in special
affairs for the facility. Daniels conducts
internal investigations for both staff and
inmates, monitors security threat groups, works
as a facility intelligence officer and facility
safety officer. He also monitors keys, weapons
and tools. In addition, Daniels is a firearms,
pepper spray and general instructor.
Mansingh, right, is a clinical chaplain I
and John Young, left, is the community
funded chaplain for the facility. They provide
religious services to a multi-cultural
population. Mansingh is known for getting people
to smile by telling jokes.
As personnel assistant V, Marie
Sharpe is responsible for personnel activities for 405
positions at the institution. Sharpe is also the facilities
health benefits representative.
Tommy Castelloe serves as
unit manager for Pasquotank’s largest unit. His duties
encompass the management of 232 close custody inmates in their
daily activities. While fellow staff say the task is daunting,
he handles it with poise!
Some call Officer Robert D.
Rentkewicz a jack of all trades because he does a little bit
of everything at the facility. Rentkewicz was employee of the
month at Pasquotank in February 2000.
Quentin Ferrel is assistant
unit manager for Unit V, the minimum custody component at
Pasquotank. Routinely Futrell schedules all the unit sergeants,
approves the schedule for the unit officers of all three shifts
and is the operations officer for safety and security.
left, is administrative secretary II. She plans, coordinates,
organizes, and directs the administrative functions of the
administrator’s office. Lister is the liaison for the
administrator to the institution and the public. Her motto is ‘First
impressions last the longest.’ Felix Taylor, right, is a
correctional training specialist II. Taylor coordinates all the
basic and in-service training for 405 employees. He is the site
security coordinator for computer operations and supervises DCI
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