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NECX warden to retire in April

After three decades of corrections service, Howard Carlton, the warden at the Northeast Correctional Facility is retiring to pursue another dream. Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Commissioner Gayle Ray confirmed the upcoming retirement.
“Howard Carlton has been an excellent TDOC contributor over the years in all of his jobs, including Warden at the Northeast Correctional Complex for 18 years,” said Commissioner Ray. “As we have embarked on having equal goals of incarceration and rehabilitation, he has excelled in the implementation of pre-release and other programs.  He is a person who has the ability to find ways we CAN do things instead of giving reasons why we CAN’T do things.”  In addition, he has been an auditor for the American Correctional Association and has been a valuable member of their team.  We will miss him terribly but wish him much success in the nursing profession.”
Warden Howard Carlton began his career as a juvenile probation officer and, in 1981, transferred to the Division of Adult Probation in Columbia. Has worked for the Tennessee Department of Correction for the past 31 years. Carlton is credited with helping establish the Tennessee Correction Academy in Tullahoma.  He went on to become the warden at Southeast Tennessee State Correctional Facility, and later Northeast Correctional Complex, where he has served since 1992.
Carlton has a bachelor’s degree in Science from David Lipscomb University, and has served on a host of community boards, including the Johnson County Health Center, United Way and Mountain City Rotary Club. He is also auditor for the American Correctional Association and currently serves as Chairman of the Johnson County School Board.
“I am retiring after 31 years with the Department of Correction,” said Carlton, who has served the past 21 and one-half years as a Warden, with the past 18 years at NECX. “My last day at the prison is April 30. I came to NECX on May 9, 1992. The prison had not been fully opened a year. In that time we have worked together here to build a solid core of experienced and dedicated staff. We have expanded twice, been a leader in the Department in many areas and excelled in inspections, accreditations and in fiscal management. I am proud to have been a part of this team.”
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