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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

January 31, 2002
Contact: Pam Walker
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Community Corrections gets new assistant division chief

Betty BauerKERNERSVILLE - Secretary Theodis Beck has named Betty Bauer assistant chief in Judicial Division III, effective Dec. 1. 

In her new position, Bauer serves as second-in-command of community corrections services in 22 counties covering the Piedmont and Foothills. Judicial Division III employs almost 700 people who supervise more than 32,000 offenders on probation, parole, post-release supervision and community service.

"Betty Bauer has worked in both rural and urban districts and brings a lot of experience to the position," said Secretary Beck. "She takes a lot of pride in her work and I am confident she will excel in her new position."

Bauer joined the Department in 1979 as a court intake officer in Davidson County. She moved her way through the Division of Community Corrections ranks serving as a probation officer, intensive officer and chief probation/parole officer. She also served as Judicial District manager in districts 21 (Forsyth County) and 22 (Alexander, Davidson, Davie and Iredell counties).

"My goal is to continue to improve the working environment for staff," said Bauer. "We play a major role in the criminal justice system and itís important for the community and the courts to know that."

The Davidson County native says she learned a lot from her father, Paul "Jaybird" McCrary, a former parole officer and former sheriff of Davidson County. "He taught me that it is important to act professionally when dealing with offenders," said Bauer.

In 1979, Bauer graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelorís of science degree in political science. She has also completed the Departmentís Correctional Leadership Development Program.

Bauer is married and has two daughters. When sheís not working, Bauer enjoys weightlifting, golf and being a spectator at her daughtersí sport activities.

She replaces Robert Little who retired.

Editors: A digital photo of Bauer is available by calling the Public Information Office at 919-716-3700.

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