Commanders

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 Tony Heflin - Chief of Support Services

Captain Heflin began his career at the Augusta County Sheriff's Office as a Jailor in 1992 and was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1993. He was moved to the Sheriff's Officer in 1997 where he was assigned to different divisions to include: Circuit Court Baliff, Civil Process, Crime Prevention, Professional Standards, and Administrative Sergeant. 

In 2016 Captain Helfin came to MRRJ as a Sergeant over Training and Accreditation and was promoted to the Rank of Lieutenant in 2018. 

Captain Heflin is a DCJS General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, CPR Instructor, VLEPSC Accreditation Manager and Certified VLEPSC Accreditation Assessor. He has also completed the VARJ Leadership Program. 

Captain Heflin was promoted to the Rank of Captain in 2019.

Captain Todd Lloyd - Chief of Operations

Captain Todd Lloyd began his career at the Augusta County Sheriff's Office as a Jail Officer in 1996.  In June 1998, he graduated from the 84th Basic Law Enforcement Academy, and was then assigned to different divisions to include:  Court Bailiff, Civil Process, Shift Patrol and Augusta County SWAT Team.  He served as a Criminal Investigator from 2002 until 2006.

While working in the Narcotics Division from 2006 to 2014, he was promoted to Corporal and was one of the supervisors on the Drug Task Force.  Captain Lloyd was nominated to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, then served as supervisor of the Warrant Service Division from 2014 to 2016.

In 2016, Captain Lloyd was promoted to Sergeant, continuing to serve as Warrant Service Division Supervisor, until moving to MRRJ as Lieutenant of Investigations.

He became Chief of Operations at MRRJ in 2020.

Captain Leslie Powell - Chief of Security

Captain Powell began his career in Corrections in 2004 at the Riverside Regional Jail in North Prince George, VA. During his time at Riverside Regional Jail he was assigned to various positions; to include Pod Officer, Response Team, Watch Commander Sergeant, Classifications Supervisor, Major Hearings Sergeant, Gang Coordinator, Office of Professional Review Sergeant, Office of Professional Review Lieutenant, Alternate Public Information Officer, Watch Commander Lieutenant, and Chief of Housing Unit Management.

Captain Powell is a member of the Virginia Gang Investigator's Association and the American Jail Association. 

Captain Powell is a DCJS General Instructor, DCJS Firearms Instructor, a Certified Gang Specialist, Certified Jail Manager and has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. 

He became Chief of Security at MRRJ in 2019.

John Lilly - Chief of Programs

Mr. Lilly began his career at MRRJ as the Programs Director in December of 2005 bringing 3 and a half years of experience as a Counselor in the Virginia DOC. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts from Concord University in Athens. WV. 

Mr. Lilly has been involved in youth sports as a coach, coaching kids from Elementary to High School in Football and Basketball. 

He believes in giving people the tools and opportunities to turn their lives around.  He is thankful for the many agencies, groups, and individuals in the area for the time, effort, and energy that they donate to enable us to provide the many opportunities and services made available to those incarcerated at MRRJ.

Regina Chestnut - Chief of Medical

Regina Chestnut graduated from Fort Defiance High School and BRCC with Associate Degree in Nursing. Regina has been a nurse for 33 years. She worked at Kings Daughter’s Hospital, Medical/Surgical, Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery, The Women’s Center, Carilion Family Medicine, Augusta County Schools and currently works at MRRJ.

She was a volunteer with Staunton Augusta Rescue Squad and was the first female on the junior squad in 1980

Born and raised in Augusta Co. Love spending time with my parents, husband, and daughter. Love being outside, gardening and the beach

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