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DPS names new administrator at Bertie Correctional Institution

Bertie Correctional Institution (Google Maps)

WINDSOR, Bertie County - The Department of Public Safety has named three new prison administrators, including one at the Bertie Correctional Institution in Windsor.

John Sapper was appointed to the Bertie location. He has served the past nine years as operations manager for the Coastal Region, overseeing 12 prisons in eastern North Carolina. He has also served as interim administrator at both Bertie and Maury Correctional Institutions.

Bertie Correctional Institution currently houses about 1,000 inmates in close and medium custody. It is the facility where a correctional guard was killed by an inmate on April 28.

Sapper started his corrections career in 1989 as an officer at Yadkin Correctional Center before advancing through the ranks. He is a U.S. Army veteran, a graduate of High Point University and a graduate of the NCDPS Correctional Leadership Development Program.

The other two new prison administrators announced were Mike Ditta (New Hanover Correctional Center in Wilmington) and Ken Beaver (Alexander Correctional Institution, Taylorsville).

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