Dorine Deans, former assistant jail administrator for the Nash County Detention Center, was recognized at last week’s Nash County commissioner’s meeting by receiving her service revolver and being awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Dean retired from her post at the jail in December after serving in law enforcement with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office for 30 years. She began her career in October 1989 as the first African-American woman to work at the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.
Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina presented Deans and her accomplishments before the Nash County Board of Commissioners.
“During Dorine Deans’ tenure as the assistant jail administrator of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, she has managed well over several thousands of inmates. Dorine Deans has provided exceptional leadership and direction to detention officers assigned to the Nash County Detention Center. Dorine Deans went above and beyond to ensure the four detention sergeants and the 50 detention officers had the appropriate equipment, personnel and proper guidance to ensure effective management of each of the four shifts,” Medina said.
Before serving in that role, Deans also served as a jail matron, as a jailer and as a patrol deputy. She attained the position of chief jailer in August 1997 and served in that role until September 2009, when her position was reclassified as assistant detention administrator. Deans served as the assistant detention administrator until October 2012.
After another reclassification of several positions, Deans was reclassified as first sergeant, a position she held until December 2014 when she was again reclassified as the assistant jail administrator, Medina said.
Medina also said Deans was well trained for her position. During her tenure, she achieved the N.C. Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate, the N.C. Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission Advanced Detention Certificate and the Advanced Service Award.
Nash County commissioners unanimously approved the motion to present Deans with her service revolver. The motion came after nearly three hours of presentations and public comment concerning the present state of the Detention Center.
“I didn’t particularly enjoy the presentations this morning, but I think it adds a lot to what you have done for Nash County to be here this morning and see the challenges you have faced in your job every day,” board Chairman Robbie Davis told Deans.
Davis said he appreciates the service Deans gave to the county. Other board members repeated their appreciation before giving Deans a standing ovation.
“I know there were better times than this time and I hope that this did not have anything to do with your retirement,” Davis said. “But it makes me appreciate what you’ve done a lot more, just being here today and witnessing the two sides of this opportunity Nash County currently has before them to make things better. I know you were a key part in keeping things together for many years. I am absolutely appreciative of what you have done in a very challenging job.”
Medina also presented Deans with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the meeting.
“The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is an honor granted by the State of North Carolina to individuals who have shown extraordinary service to the state. It is the highest award for state service granted by the Office of the Governor. Nominations can be made for individuals with 30 years or more of service to the State of North Carolina,” Medina said.
In response to these accolades, Deans’ comments were short and sweet.
“The only thing I want to say is to God be the glory for what he has done for me,” she said. “And I am looking forward to my retirement.”