Superintendent says new prison a plus for county

Published on November 18, 2012

NEW GLASGOW – The man in charge of Pictou County’s new jail is taking steps to ensure the facility is welcomed in the community.

Tim Carroll was appointed superintendent of the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in September and has been working behind the scenes for the past two months to ensure things are moving smoothly towards the 2014 opening.

“Everything is on schedule for the most part,” he said. “I was up at the site (Tuesday) and 11 or 12 walls were up.”

Bird Construction Co. of Toronto has been awarded the construction contract for the $38.5 million project located in Priestville.

The 100-cell jail will be 81,000 square feet and house 200 beds. It is expected to open in mid-2014 and replace aging facilities in Antigonish and Cumberland counties. It will serve the courthouses of Truro, Amherst, New Glasgow, Pictou, Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury.

Carroll started working in corrections in 1991 as a part-time officer at the Halifax Correctional Centre. He was promoted to sergeant at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in 2002, captain in 2005 and the deputy superintendent of Compliance and Internal Investigations in 2010.

In 2011, he became inspector with the newly formed justice unit, Compliance and Internal Investigation Service.

He said as many as 100 people are expected to work at the facility and he has already taken steps to contact the Mi’kmaq Rights Employment as well as Career Connections to inform them of what types of work might be available.

“I let them know of the various jobs available and what the qualification sets are for these jobs,” he said, adding that in addition to correctional workers, the facility will also employ administrative and clerical staff as well as cooks and maintenance workers.

“There has been a great deal of interest since the correctional facility was announced for Pictou County,” he said. “We gave out this information with the intention of letting people know that if they want a career at the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, this is what we will be dealing with two years from now.”

Carroll said he’s unsure how many of these positions will be filled by transfers from employees in Antigonish and Cumberland counties, but he is hopeful there will be plenty of opportunity for local residents or people looking to move to Pictou County.

He said he will have a better grasp on this number by mid-2013.

Carroll said he is committed to keeping the lines of communication open in regard to the new facility, which is why a committee will be soon be formed to hold public meetings on a regular basis to keep everyone informed of the project’s progress.

“We are hoping to have the first meetings in 2013,” he said. “We are looking for feedback.”

He said an advertisement will soon be published in the local media inviting people to be members of the committee.

Carroll said have such a facility will be plus for Pictou County to the effect that many community resources will be utilized.

He also expects the facility will be fairly self-sufficient and will not be a drain on the area’s services such as policing and health care.