Prisons director named

Posted February 17, 2009 11:39 a.m. EST

— State Department of Correction Secretary Alvin Keller has named Robert "Bob" Lewis as director of the Division of Prisons.

Lewis succeeds Boyd Bennett, who will retire on March 1, in overseeing 79 state prisons that confine 40,000 inmates. The Division of Prisons has more than 17,000 employees and an annual budget of $1.1 billion.

Lewis, 58, has been deputy director for prison support services for the past eight years and has risen through the ranks of the division since starting his career in 1973 as a correctional officer at Triangle Correctional Center in Raleigh. He is a graduate of St. Augustine's College.