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Eggen Ends Distinguished Corrections Career
by Tracy Little
BREVARD –Randy Eggen may be closing the door on his career with the Division of Community Corrections, but chances are he’ll be opening another one to a new adventure.
More than 150 colleagues, county officials and friends joined to celebrate Eggen’s career Oct. 11 during a luncheon at the Old Hickory House Restaurant.
"The Department of Correction is a good place to work and I leave here with absolutely no regrets," Eggen said. On his lasting perspective of the department, Eggen said, "The highlights and daily routines for most of my career have been marked by supervisors who expected my best, forgave my worst and allowed me to define the boundaries of my job. One path has always lead to another."
Eggen began his career in 1971 as a probation officer in Henderson County. He became a chief probation/parole officer in 1980 and was promoted to judicial district manager of District 29 in 1993, a position he held until his retirement at the end of October.
During his career, Eggen was involved with many projects, most notably the development of Community Corrections’ OPUS screens. He was also a member of the case management task force and served as grant manager of an automated case management project designed to have officers enter narratives of offenders’ activities on laptop computers. Always one to mix his love of technology with a quick wit, Eggen recalled that his earliest technical moment was "the day we threw the carbon paper in the trash and got a copier."
Eggen was also one of the first officers to volunteer to assist law enforcement in eastern North Carolina after Hurricane Floyd. A recollection of Eggen’s thoughts on the Floyd effort appeared in the September issue of Correction News.
Speaking at the retirement luncheon, DCC Director Robert Lee Guy said, "Our division has been through a lot of changes in the last seven years and throughout it all Randy has been one of the biggest supporters of probation and parole and of management. On project after project, the leader in the western part of the state has been Randy. We are truly going to miss him."
Secretary Theodis Beck also attended the event and presented Eggen with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine signed by Governor Jim Hunt. "I’ve known Randy a long time, when we both first came to the department. One thing I can say is that the Randy today is the same Randy he’s always been. He is a very caring, committed person in everything he does."
Eggen received several retirement survival gifts from co-workers, and also was presented with a handmade mantel clock. Now that Eggen’s retired he should have more time for his other interests, which include cycling, rock masonry, Fiat maintenance and database design. Eggen and his wife Susan have two daughters, Kristin and Kyla.
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