Superintendent Jeffery Newton, CJM

The Middle River Regional Jail (MRRJ) Authority Board voted unanimously during a special called meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 to name Jeffery Newton the jail’s next superintendent. He will take the helm on June 3, 2019. 

Newton has more than 20 years of experience in managing correctional facilities and has served as the chief executive of four different local and regional jails in his career. He retired early from the U.S. Army after more than 16 years of service before transitioning into a career in corrections.  

Most recently, Newton spent seven years in North Prince George as  the superintendent of Riverside Regional Jail, until he retired last December. In previous roles, he served as the director of Douglas County Department of Corrections in Omaha, Neb., the superintendent of Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk, and the jail administrator of Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine. Those facilities ranged from just under 500 beds to more than 1,500.

A sample of Newton’s experience in corrections includes: 

  • Successfully managing multi-million dollar operating budgets for local and regional jails

  • Obtaining and maintaining national jail accreditation

  • Establishing and expanding local and federal inmate programs, including opioid-focused treatment, work release and therapeutic programs

  • Streamlining procedures and systems to increase jail efficiency and decrease costs 

  • Establishing partnerships that provide ongoing professional training and development opportunities to jail staff.

Newton has an associate’s degree in law enforcement from Blue Ridge Community College, a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in education from Boston University. He is an American Jail Association certified jail manager. 



Major Eric Young

Major Young was born and raised in Staunton, VA. He is a 25 year Law Enforcement Veteran with Augusta County Sheriff's Office and Middle River Regional Jail.


Major Young has served in various capacities with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office to include, corrections, patrol, School Resource Officer, bicycle patrol, civil process, court security and Chief of Security.

Since the opening of Middle River Regional Jail in April 2006, Major Young has continually served as one of the original administration. Currently Major Young is the Director of Administration, and is responsible for the supervision of the following departments within Middle River Regional Jail: Food Services, Support Services, Maintenance, Community Corrections, Records, Classification, Transportation, Inmate Accounts, Property and Information Technology. Major Young also assists the Superintendent with the yearly budget. Major Young reports directly to the Superintendent.



Major Lori Nicholson

Major Nicholson began her career in the Virginia Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer in 1988 at Augusta Correctional Center in Craigsville, Virginia. She was promoted to the Rank of Correctional Sergeant in 1994. This position included Training Sergeant General DCJS Instructor with Specialties in Lamb Baton, Defensive Tactics, First Aid CPR and Chemical Munitions.


Major Nicholson transferred to Fluvanna Correctional Center in 1997 and was promoted to the Rank of Lieutenant. She was placed on a transition team to help open the largest female multi-classification correctional facility on the East Coast. She was promoted to Correctional Captain in 2004.

In 2005 Major Nicholson left the Department of Corrections and was placed on the Transition Team to help open Middle River Regional Jail.

In 2010 she was promoted to Chief of Security at Middle River Regional Jail. The Chief of Security oversees Shift Personnel, Mail Room, Medical, Mental Health, Training, Programs, Mailroom, Education and Jail Accreditation. 

Major Nicholson's background includes working with Juvenile Offenders and currently is one of the Commissioners for the Office on Youth for the Staunton District. She is a member of GAPP Coalition and is on the Board for the Children Advocacy Center for the Shenandoah Valley. She has a passion for the youth of our community and their well-being. Major Nicholson is the mother of two sons and a member of the Friendship Church of Staunton.

Captain Ronnie Bostic

Captain Ronnie Bostic began his career in the Virginia Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer in May of 1985 at Staunton Correctional Center in Staunton, Virginia. He was promoted to the rank of Correctional Sergeant in 1997.

Captain Bostic was transferred to Fluvanna Correctional Center in 2003, as a Corrections Sergeant. In 2004 he was promoted to the Rank of Correction Lieutenant.

In January of 2006 Captain Bostic left the Department of Corrections to work with the Transition Team to help open Middle River Regional Jail.

In 2010 Captain Bostic was promoted to the Rank of Captain at Middle River Regional Jail.


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