Craven Correctional warden receives top honors

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – The warden at Craven Correctional Institution has received top honors by the state.

The North Carolina Department of Adult Correction announced on Monday that Craven Correctional Institution Warden David Millis had been named as the state warden of the year.

“Warden Millis’ commitment to professional development, innovation, and fostering a positive work environment has undoubtedly contributed to the success at Craven Correctional Institution,” said Secretary Todd Ishee. “His leadership style, marked by transparency, empathy, and a focus on continuous improvement, has elevated standards and inspired those around him.”

Millis began his career as a correctional officer in 1998 at Pamlico Correctional Institution, rising through the ranks to his current position as warden.

In 2022, Warden Millis also served simultaneously for several months as acting warden at Bertie Correctional Institution, while the warden position there was vacant.

Millis is also a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

As state Warden of the Year, Millis is also the North Carolina nominee for Warden of the Year honors from the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents.