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Superjail still looking for administrator

By Raymond Bowe
Midland Free Press
February 15, 2005

PENETANGUISHENE Management and Training Corporation continues its search for a new administrator at Central North Correctional Centre, three months after previous prison boss Doug Thomson resigned.

Peter Mount, CNCC spokesperson, said the administrator's job has been posted both inside the Utah-based company as well as externally.

Mount could not confirm whether there have been any interviews.

Deputy administrator Phill Clough was named acting facility administrator shortly after Thomson quit in early November.

Officials with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services say there are no liability issues that arise without a full-time administrator at the so-called superjail, the province's first privately run adult prison. Almost 1,200 people both on remand and serving sentences of less than two years are incarcerated at CNCC.

Whether at a privately operated prison or one of the ministry's many provincial jails, hiring a new administrator is a "lengthy process and you need a qualified individual," said Julia Noonan, spokesperson for the ministry's corrections branch, adding the acting administrator assumes full responsibility of operations within the facility.

Noonan said the ministry has been kept abreast of the recruitment process, adding the ministry is "confident" in the private company's hiring process. The current acting administrator was approved by the ministry after MTC presented a list of candidates, she added.

When a superintendent leaves one of the province's jails and someone is needed to lead immediately, the deputy is often the "likely choice" to who assumes the lead role in the interim, Noonan said.

"You can only take extremely qualified candidates," said Noonan. "It will take time, and in the government process it also takes time to find someone."

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