Charles Murphy was yesterday named the new commissioner of correctional services, according to a statement from Minister of National Security Marvin Dames.
Murphy, who previously headed the Maximum Security Unit, has been acting commissioner of corrections since last August, when former Commissioner of Corrections Patrick Wright retired.
The appointment took effect January 29, 2019, according to the statement.
“I am very pleased to appoint Mr. Murphy as commissioner of correctional services,” Dames said.
“He has an impressive professional record having served for nearly four decades and will lead the process of transformation at the institution”, he said.
Murphy, who is originally from Mayaguana, has worked at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, formerly Her Majesty’s Prison, since 1980.
He holds a master’s degree in public administration from McHari International College, a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of The Bahamas and an associate’s degree in law and criminal justice from the University of The Bahamas.
“His career steadily progressed over the 38 years from corporal in 1993, to acting commissioner in 2018,” the statement said.
“During his extensive career he served in various capacities including director of maximum and minimum, female correctional and remand housing facilities, disciplinary tribunal judge, inmate’s rehabilitative and pre-release unit, commandant of staff training and development, correctional manager at the security processing center with the oversight of visitation and property intake, and was a member of the interviewing panel for recruitment and the promotion board.”
The international search for someone to fill the position of commissioner of correctional services began last year.
According to the statement, Murphy was identified as the successful candidate out of nine applicants.
An official handing-over ceremony will take place at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOC) on Monday at 3 p.m., the statement said.
The news of Murphy’s appointment came amid a wider effort to modernize the BDOC.
Formerly known as Her Majesty’s Prison, the Fox Hill facility underwent a name change in order to reflect the ongoing transformation of the institution from a penal institution to a correctional one.
The government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Correction Services Canada to assist in the transformation.