RSW jail to lose chief

FRONT ROYAL – The regional jail superintendent leaves next month for a job closer to home and family.

FRONT ROYAL – The regional jail superintendent leaves next month for a job closer to home and family.

Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Superintendent William Wilson announced on Thursday his plans to step down from the position in late March. Wilson, 60, who started working at the jail in October 2014, said he’s returning to Chesterfield County to live closer to his family. The jail has had two superintendents and one acting superintendent since opening in June 2014.

Wilson oversaw the introduction of numerous programs at the jail including GED, anger management, life skills, religious offerings, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, Fathers in Training to reconnect male inmates to their children and other initiatives. At the same time, the jail has dealt with turnover and an inability to fill vacant positions while competing with other agencies for sworn officers.

“I really love it here,” Wilson said Thursday at the jail. “This is a great area of the state. I love the jail. The staff has been really good.

“It’s just that I was not a grandfather when I came here,” Wilson said, noting that he has two grandchildren and another on the way in June and his mother is ill. “My new position will allow me to have more free time to spend with my family.”

Wilson told members of the Finance and Personnel Committee of the RSW Regional Jail Authority Board at their meeting that his resignation would occur in 30 days. Wilson said he’d provided Doug Stanley, County Administrator for Warren County, with a 30-day notice Wednesday.

“I fully intended to come up here and move up here when I took the position,” Wilson said. “I was gonna be here for five to seven years.

“However, I didn’t know I was gonna have grandchildren and my mother is severely ill, which is gonna take a lot of my time,” he added.

The superintendent told the committee he’s accepted a position closer to home. Wilson didn’t say what that position will be or with what entity. He said he plans to attend the authority board’s next budget meeting.

“I really appreciate the opportunity of being here,” Wilson said. “Nobody could ask for a better board than this board.”

Stanley said the board appreciates Wilson’s help in guiding the authority through the certification process and the inspection as well as for introducing programs at the jail. Stanley said Wilson was leaving for the right reasons. Mary T. Price, county administrator for Shenandoah County, echoed Stanley’s remarks, adding that she learned a lot from the superintendent. Deborah Keyser, county administrator for Rappahannock County, lauded Wilson and his staff.

The authority board hired Wilson in September 2014. He replaced the jail’s first superintendent, Robert Mulligan, who retired just as the facility opened for business at the end of June that year. The board hired Mulligan in April 2013 as the authority prepared to open the facility.

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