Monday, September 16, 2013 —
RALEIGH – Charles Walston has been named director of the Office of Staff Development and Training (OSDT) within the Department of Public Safety. In his new position he is responsible for the training requirements of a workforce of more than 20,000 employees in the Divisions of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice.
“I am confident that Charles Walston will continue our agency’s excellent training tradition,” said Adult Correction Commissioner David Guice.
“From basic training through our advanced programs, he will ensure that our workforce is well-trained and prepared to safely supervise offenders and juveniles in the challenging environments where we work.”
The Office of Staff Development and Training has a staff of 63 instructors and support personnel who teach basic training to correction and probation officers, juvenile court counselors and juvenile facility staff. The office also leads firearms training, leadership education programs, general instructor training and other specialized classes.
Walston previously served as deputy director of OSDT and as training manager in the eastern region. He began his work in corrections in 1983 as a food service assistant at Eastern Correctional Institution and advanced to the rank of lieutenant before becoming a full-time training instructor with OSDT in 1994.
Walston is a native of Snow Hill. He holds a bachelor’s degreee in criminal justice from Mount Olive College and master’s degree in business and organizational security management from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Correctional Leadership Development Program and is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after 25 years of military police service.