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Thomson quits job at Superjail

By Raymond Bowe
Midland Free Press
November 09, 2004
Local News

PENETANGUISHENE The first and only administrator to oversee Central North Correctional Centre has resigned.

Effective last Friday, Doug Thomson resigned his post as facility administrator at the so-called superjail.

No reason was given for his departure, said Peter Mount, CNCC spokesperson.

"He will be sorely missed here at the facility," said Mount. "He was very personable and it was like a family to him. He was the boss and had the knowledge, but he was also a good friend."

Thomson started his career in 1979, as a correctional officer in Ottawa, moving around the province to other facilities. He was promoted through the ranks until eventually becoming a superintendent.

Thomson was hired by Utah-based Management and Training Corporation to head up CNCC, Canada's first privately run adult prison. He began the job in July 2001, and the jail opened in November 2001.

In July 2004, Thomson told The Free Press: "I was eager to see if I could participate in the transition-and-change agenda that the province was going through, and I thought coming on board here with Management and Training Corporation would give me greater flexibility to do what I needed to do."

Mount said Thomson excelled in his role, and steered the prison down many avenues, including the prison receiving industry accreditation.

"He was the first and only administrator to date," said Mount. "He was here the day the inmates arrived, and was a major part of this facility.

"He was on the cutting edge of private corrections," added Mount. "We'll miss him and we wish him all the best."

Deputy of operations Phill Clough will fill the role as acting facility administrator until a permanent replacement for Thomson is found, said Mount. That search begins in earnest immediately.

"This is a very important role," said Mount.

CNCC can house up to 1,184 inmates, most serving sentences of two years less a day, although there is also a remand component to the prison.

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