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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2001
Contact: Keith Acree
             Public Information Officer
             (919) 716-3700


Perry FranklinAPEX - Perry Franklin of Marion Correctional Institution was recognized today by Correction Secretary Theodis Beck and the North Carolina Department of Correction as one of 12 Correctional Officers of the Year.

Franklin has been the driving force behind the development and maintenance of the Community Work Program at Marion Correctional Institution. He served first as the Community Work program sergeant and now serves as the unit manager at Marion's minimum security unit.

"He has developed strong working relationships with every major government and civic organization in McDowell County and explored creative ideas to reduce costs to county taxpayers," said Assistant Superintendent Ricky Anderson. In the year 2000 alone, work done by Marion Community Work crews saved the county more than $500,000.

Franklin serves as an ambassador for the Community Work program by visiting other counties to explain the program to local officials to promote new relationships in those areas.

Franklin joined the Department of Correction in 1981 as a correctional officer at Marion. He is a member of his local Moose Lodge, and serves on the PRIDE committee of McDowell County and the board of directors of Keep America Beautiful. He lives in Marion.

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