New managers named at five state prisons

The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has named new leaders at five state prison facilities:


John Hamlin

, a 28-year corrections veteran, is the new administrator at Polk Correctional Institution in Butner.  Hamlin most recently served as assistant superintendent for Programs at Greene Correctional Institution.  He began his career in 1987 as a correctional officer and has served at six different prison facilities including Person Correctional Center and Blanch Youth Institution.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UNC Chapel Hill.   Polk Correctional Institution is a close custody prison housing approximately 900 inmates with a staff of more than 500 employees.


Timothy Willis

is the new superintendent at Dan River Prison Work Farm near Yanceyville.  Willis began his corrections career in 1989 at Caswell Correctional Center and served there for many years before managing Randolph Correctional Center in Asheboro.  This appointment brings the Caswell County native back to work near home.   Dan River Prison Work Farm houses more than 600 inmates in minimum custody and employs a staff of about 160 people.


Anthony Perry

is a 27-year DPS veteran who has been named superintendent at Wake Correctional Center in Raleigh.  He has served most of his career there and has been assistant superintendent for custody and operations since 2007. Wake Correctional Center is a minimum custody prison facility housing approximately 400 inmates and employing a staff of about 100.


James Holmes

has been named superintendent at New Hanover Correctional Center in Wilmington.  Holmes began work as a correctional officer in 1998 and moved through the ranks at New Hanover and Pender Correctional Institution.  Since October 2006, he has served as assistant superintendent for custody and operations at New Hanover.  Holmes is a U.S. Army and N.C. National Guard veteran with 22 years of service. New Hanover Correctional Center houses nearly 400 inmates in minimum custody and employs a staff of about 110 employees.


Richard Elingburg

has been named as the new superintendent at Rutherford Correctional Center in Spindale.  The Buncombe County native is a 27-year veteran who served most recently as the assistant superintendent for programs at Craggy Correctional Institution in Asheville.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Shaw University and is a general instructor for NCDPS. Rutherford Correctional Center houses approximately 230 inmates in minimum custody and employs a staff of about 50 people.

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