North Carolina Department of Correction
June 3, 1999 graduation of first class
Mack Jarvis, former Secretary of Correction
Mack Jarvis, former Correction Secretary
Correction Manager's Training
|As Franklin Freeman said, as
we rode and talked in 1993 and 1994 and we were going to
these retirements and seeing these folks leaving, we
decided that something needed to be done. We began to see
what could be done. In early 1996, Franklin Freeman left
and became the Governor's chief of staff. My first
meeting with the Governor when he asked me to take the
Secretary's job, we talked about several things. One of
them was to have this program, to start developing some
leadership for the department.
We began looking at a type of management program that was dedicated just to North Carolina. We did not want to go out and get a generic training program. We could get those anywhere across the country. The Governor had mandated that we streamline government. He wanted us to make government more business like. As I recall, there was a large news article in the papers around North Carolina that we were going to be more customer friendly. So we decided to get with some folks and see what we could come up with.
The objectives we wanted to set forth were:
I want to give credit to a number of folks for getting this thing started. One of them is Governor Hunt. He has supported this from the start, the very first. Franklin, who is a close and dear friend. Franklin, thank you for your support and your vision and your help on this. There was Michael Williamson who we met with early on at the Institute of Government. Mike Smith, the director of the Institute of Government and Dick McMahon and Tom Thornburg, there were a lot of folks. We didn't just sit down one night and decide that we were going to have this program and it would be done. Joe Chandler ran across the state from Currituck County to Haywood County. He talked to employees in probation and parole and prisons and brought back information on the kinds of things employees would like to see us include. Then in our first meeting with Jeff Schwartz and Cindy Berry, they grasped this right off that we were serious about this and they wanted to help us. They have been such great support and help in getting this started. Then there's Mike Evers. He has worked hard.
The people we need to thank most of all are the 22 of you who are graduating, the ones who came down here. You left home on Sunday night, got down here for classes. You got calls from your facilities and operations and you were able to endure this. Nine months is a long time. I know most of you have families and certainly have a difficult job. You are to be congratulated.
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