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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

December 17, 2001
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Jones Named Superintendent at Gates Correctional Center

Robert JonesGATESVILLE Ė Correction Secretary Theodis Beck has named Robert G. Jones as the new superintendent at Gates Correctional Center, effective Jan. 1.

"Robert Jones has worked his way up through the ranks at prisons in northeastern North Carolina," said Secretary Beck. "Iím confident in his ability to represent us well in Gates County, to do good business with the local community and to be a good neighbor."

Jones has served as support services captain at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City since 1995. He started his career with the Department of Correction in 1981 as a correctional officer at Caledonia Correctional Institution in Tillery. He spent 14 years at Caledonia, serving as a sergeant, assistant unit manager and unit manager before moving to Pasquotank when it opened in 1995.

"I look forward to this next step in my career," said Jones. "Iím also looking forward to working with the staff in Gates County."

Jones is a native of Roanoke Rapids. He is a graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School and attended the University of Texas while serving as a military policeman in the U.S. Army. He now resides in Elizabeth City with his wife Tammy and their two children.

Jones replaces Superintendent Austin Weeks, who retired Oct. 31. Gates Correctional Center is a minimum-security prison in Gatesville currently housing about 90 inmates.

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