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November 2000

High Praise For Youngest Captain

SWAN QUARTER- Talk to most anybody who knows Capt. William Batts of Hyde Correctional Institution and they have high praise for him and his work ethic. That’s important, since the 30-year-old is the youngest captain in the department.

"I told him if he keeps it up he’ll be the youngest superintendent," said Sgt. Ray Batts of Johnston Correctional Institution. Ray Batts is the young captain’s father. "I’m very, very proud of him and his brother Jackie Ray Batts, Jr. who is an officer at Central Prison."

The captain works third shift at Hyde. He transferred to the facility as a lieutenant in March of 1996 to help prepare for its opening and was promoted to captain just a few months ago. Batts started his career with the department 10 years ago as a correctional officer at Central Prison. Four years later he was promoted to sergeant.

Batts says he wouldn’t be where he is today without the people he works with. "It’s a team thing. No one can do it by themselves," said Batts.

Many of his co-workers seem to feel the same way. "When you ask him to do something you don’t have to follow up on it because you know it’ll get done," said Capt. Nathan Bullock.

"He gets out and does duty line work with the rest of us and we think a lot of him," said Officer Patrick Hodges.

Batts is a Dunn native and a 1988 graduate of Triton High School. When he’s not working he enjoys hunting and playing golf.

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