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Prison Governor post is advertised 28 November 2007

THE DEPARTMENT of Home Affairs is inviting applications for a new Prison Governor.

Advertisements for the post will appear in Isle of Man newspapers and industry periodicals and on websites from this week.

The new Prison Governor will be overall Aerial view - July 2006 (Courtesy Prison Officer M. Speers)manager of the Isle of Man Prison, which is to relocate from Victoria Road, Douglas, to the modern £41.7million facility being built at Jurby. The post-holder must also act as principal advisor to the DHA Minister and Chief Executive on all penal matters.

Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle MHK said:

‘The selection of a new Prison Governor is a key appointment at a time of great change in the penal structure of the Isle of Man. The modern facilities being provided at Jurby will take the Island into a new era and the Prison Governor will have the opportunity to lead the service through this exciting period of development.’

The closing date for applications is December 17. It is hoped the successful candidate will take up the post in order to supervise the relocation of prisoners to Jurby, scheduled to take place around March 2008. The salary for the post will be in the region of £61,000 to £77,000.

Advertisement of the post follows the retirement of the previous Acting Prison Governor Tony Hawkes, after 34 years’ service at Victoria Road.

The new prison is currently the Isle of Man Government’s largest capital project. It has a maximum of 138 cells compared with 92 places at Victoria Road (including 11 female places). The new prison will be able to offer better rehabilitative and educational regimes for prisoners.

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