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Essex County honors jail educator

Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting presents David Johnston with a resolution of appreciation.

Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting presents David Johnston with a resolution of appreciation. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors feted a man who had built a program seeking to make “bad men” better.

The board offered a resolution of appreciation to David Johnston at its Dec. 2 meeting, who had been the inmate GED instructor at the Essex County Correctional Facility for the past 10 years before announcing his retirement.

“He has been very vital to the correctional facility,” Sheriff Richard Cutting said. “When he took over the service in the old jail he did the absolute best that he could. In the new jail, we challenged him to build us a program and he ran with it to where we can now give GED tests in the facility and give certificates. It is our loss that he has decided to retire because we may fill the chair, but we will not fill the shoes.”

Johnston said his success with the program was because of the support he received from the Sheriff.

“He gave me the chance to help these people with a second chance and put them out as better individuals then they were,” Johnston said.

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