BURGAW – Sheriff Alan Cutler and staff surprised Samenthia “Sam” Jones with the presentation of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award during the Oct. 4 meeting of the Pender County Board of County Commissioners.
Jones retired in 2019 with more than 30 years’ service at the Pender County Jail, starting as a jail attendant and retiring with the rank of Captain as well as Jail Administrator.
“When she started, she often worked in the jail by herself on night shift,” recalled Chief Deputy Michael Collier of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office. “She rose through the ranks and even after retiring, she continues to consult with us. She has a lot of knowledge and information about a properly managed jail.”
“Samenthia always had a way of working through any situation and to do so with respect for all persons involved,” said Captain James E. Rowell. “I saw Samenthia champion several programs within our office and her care for people in general is real.”
Jones has served on many community boards, including the development of YWCA programs in Pender County. She has served on state boards specializing in jail administration. Post-retirement she completed certification as an instructor who can teach classes and guide jail staff.
“I have been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to come to know Samenthia Jones,” said Pender County Sheriff Alan Cutler. “I have come to realize more and more as time goes on how much she has done for the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and for Pender County in general. I pray that the Lord continues to bless her and her family.”
Jones told the county commissioners she was “surprised and honored” to be a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pin Award.
“I do not know of anyone more deserving of this prestigious award than Samenthia Jones,” said Rowell.