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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2001
Contact: Keith Acree
             (919) 716-3700

Bill Neal Named Judicial District Manager in District 23

Bill NealRALEIGH - Secretary Theodis Beck has named Bill Neal as the new Judicial District Manager for District 23, covering Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. In his new role, Neal leads a staff of 31 employees who supervise more than 1,600 offenders on probation and parole in this four-county area in northwestern North Carolina.

"Bill Neal is a veteran who has worked his way up through the ranks in our probation and parole system," said Secretary Beck. "I have great confidence in his ability to be an effective leader and a good manager in this new assignment."

Neal joined the Department of Correction in 1979 as a court intake officer in Burke and McDowell counties, processing new offenders into the probation system. He became a probation/parole officer in 1981 and was assigned to Watauga County. He served as the only probation officer in Boone for six years. Neal was promoted to intensive probation/parole officer in 1994 and chief probation/parole officer in 1995.

He was a leader in the Case Management Task Force of 1998-1999 that worked to reorganize the probation system to better comply with the new structured sentencing laws. He currently serves on the Revocation Task Force examining the department’s procedures on probation violations and revocations.

"My first goal will be to get to know the staff and the criminal justice community in the district," said Neal.

Neal is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He is a native of Marion and lives in Boone with his wife Lisa, the children’s librarian at Watauga Public Library. The Neals have three daughters in college.

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