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Godwin began his career in state government with the Department of Motor Vehicles in 1973.  Five years later, he joined the Division of Prisons in programs.  He worked in the Federal Grants section and Internal Audit before becoming the business officer at Correction Enterprises in 1995.  In 1997, he was named director.

“Jim Godwin’s experience with the Department made him an excellent director of Correction Enterprises,” said Secretary Beck.  “Under his leadership, Correction Enterprises continued to provide much-needed revenue for the state of North Carolina, while at the same time teaching inmates valuable job skills.”

Godwin doesn’t have big plans for his retirement, but expects to play a whole lot more golf after his retirement becomes effective June 30.

Piedmont gets new superintendent

SALISBURY – Secretary Theodis Beck has named Todd Pinion superintendent of Piedmont Correctional Institution, effective June 1.

“Todd Pinion has moved through the ranks of both custody and programs working with all custody levels,” said Secretary Beck.  “I am confident his experience and calm demeanor will serve the facility and the community well.”

Pinion has been with the Department nearly 22 years. He started out as a correctional officer at Piedmont and moved on to several different units serving as a programs supervisor, programs director and assistant superintendent at two facilities.  He has been assistant superintendent of custody and operations at Piedmont since January 1993.

“I am very excited and hope to continue to move the facility in a positive direction,” said Pinion.  “I am looking forward to taking on new programs, the medical services changes and the many other challenges I will face.  I am fortunate to have a strong staff to help me do that.”

Piedmont is a point of entry into the prison system for male felons ages 22 and older from western North Carolina who are sentenced to less than 5 years in prison.  Upon arrival, inmates undergo a series of diagnostic evaluations that will determine future prison assignments.

A native of China Grove, Pinion attended South Rowan High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice from North Carolina State University.  He is married and has two sons that keep him busy with various sporting events.  When he gets the chance, he also likes to take mountain trips.

Pinion replaces Joseph Pickelsimer who retired.

Flynt named regional office manager

McCAIN – Secretary Theodis Beck has named Carol Flynt as the new Southern Coastal Plains Regional Employment Office manager effective June 1.

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