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

Crawford moves to Duplin

KENANSVILLE — John Crawford has been named superintendent of Duplin Correctional Center, effective Sept. 1. Crawford replaces the retired William Barker as superintendent of the minimum-security prison.

A native of Wayne County, Crawford brings years of management experience with him to his new position. Since 1986, Crawford has held several management positions within the department, serving as assistant superintendent of Goldsboro Correctional Center, assistant superintendent of Wayne Correctional Center, and most recently, superintendent of Goldsboro Correctional Center.

"Over the years, John Crawford has proven that he is an effective leader and manager," said Correction Secretary Mack Jarvis. "I am sure that he will work hard to carry out the Department of Correction’s mission to protect the public and provide rehabilitation programs for the inmates."

Crawford first began working for DOC in 1972 on a part-time basis while running his own bakery and catering service.

In 1977, he officially began his career with the department, full-time, as a program assistant at Goldsboro. Crawford was soon promoted to program supervisor, and in 1984, he became program director at the facility.

A graduate of Southern Wayne High School, Crawford received his bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in science from Atlantic Christian College in Wilson.

Crawford serves on the Federal Prison Community Relations Board and on the N.C. Correctional Association’s executive committee.

Crawford and his wife Erlinda have three children, Michelle, Lisa and Darian. u

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