N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--October 1998

Jarra named head of North Piedmont

LEXINGTON Brenda P. Jarra, who began her career as a correctional officer, has been named superintendent of the North Piedmont Correctional Center for Women, effective Sept. 1. Jarra replaces Annie Harvey who is now assistant superintendent at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh.

Working her way up through the ranks, Jarra began her career with the department in 1984 as a correctional officer at Fountain Correctional Center. After 19 months, she was promoted to sergeant at Fountain, a position she held for six years. In 1992, she transferred to Nash Correctional Institution as a lieutenant and was later promoted to captain.

"Being superintendent of a facility will be a new challenge for me," Jarra said. "But I’m always seeking to challenge myself. This is a position that I have been preparing myself for. This was my ultimate goal."

Correction Secretary Mack Jarvis said Jarra’s experience as a correctional officer should enhance her ability to effectively manage the staff and inmates at North Piedmont Correctional Center.

"Brenda Jarra has proven herself to be an extremely capable manager," he said. "I have no doubt, with her background in corrections, that she will serve the state and department well in her new position."

Originally from Rocky Mount, Jarra graduated from Bennett College with a degree in psychology. Following college, she joined the Peace Corps and moved to West Africa where she remained for 14 years, working as both a teacher and guidance counselor.

Jarra and her husband have one daughter, Hadi Jatou, and three sons, Tayib, Tijan and Cherno. In addition, Jarra also serves as guardian for four foster children. u

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