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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

For Immediate Release
July 13, 2001
Contact: Keith Acree
             (919) 716-3700

Neal Honored as Probation/Parole Officer of the Year

Bill NealAPEX – Charles William Neal, former chief probation/parole officer for Watauga, Avery and Mitchell counties, was recognized today by Correction Secretary Theodis Beck and the North Carolina Department of Correction as one of four Probation/Parole and Community Supervision Officers of the Year.

Neal was selected for his dedication, attention to detail and ability to maximize the potential of each employee under his supervision. As chief/probation parole officer, Neal managed 11 employees who supervised 560 offenders on probation and parole in Watauga, Avery and Micthell counties. Neal was promoted judicial district manager for Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes and Yadkin counties effective July 1.

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.

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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