Assistant warden Dove retires after 27 years

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Dean Dove, right, retired Oct. 31 after 27 years as assistant chief of corrections and assistant warden at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. From left are Sheriff-elect Stuart Wright, Sheriff Victor Jones Jr., Warden Roger Henson and Dove.

Thursday, Oct. 31 was not only Halloween but was also a big day for Dean Dove. After 27 years at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, Dove retired as assistant chief of corrections and assistant warden.

Dove was a co-owner of Natchitoches Lumber Yard when he left that business to begin his law enforcement career with former Sheriff Boyd Durr. He worked for Durr in the old jail that was on top floor of the courthouse.

When Durr opened the detention center, Dove became the assistant chief of corrections and assistant warden. He continued under Sheriff Victor Jones Jr., and retired Warden Calvin McFerrin. Dove says his job in the corrections field was about steering inmates to the right path and decreasing the recidivism rate.

“If I made a difference in one person’s life, it was worth it,” Dove said. He and wife Susan plan to travel. “But if I can help (Sheriff-elect) Stuart Wright in any way, I’ll be happy to step in to help with a smooth transition,” Dove said.