Correction News

August 2000

Gatesí Acting Superintendent Gets Promoted

GATESVILLE - Austin Weeks, who has been acting superintendent at Gates Correctional Center since July 1999, has been promoted to superintendent, effective July 1.

"Austin Weeks takes a lot of pride in running a very efficient operation," said Secretary Theodis Beck. "It is obvious he really cares about his staff and the inmates. We are very fortunate to have a man of his caliber on our team."

Weeks started his career with the Department 29 years ago as a program assistant at Currituck Correctional Center. Two years later he went to Gates as acting program supervisor. In 1981, he went back to Currituck as program supervisor. Then in 1989, Weeks returned to Gates as assistant superintendent and 10 years later named acting superintendent.

When asked what plans he has for the facility Weeks responded, "I just want to maintain what many of our staff already believe and thatís to be the best facility in the state." He added, "weíve got a good history of keeping staff and we had any inmates escape in a good while."

An Edenton native, Weeks graduated from John A. Holmes High School in 1968. He went on to college, attending Chowan College, The College of the Albemarle and Elizabeth City State University where he studied liberal arts.

When heís not working at Gates he said heís working elsewhere. "I renovate houses and I like to build things," said Weeks. He also likes to fish and golf. In addition, Weeks has a 21-year-old daughter.

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