The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has named Ronnie “Lane” Huneycutt as warden at the Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution in Spruce Pine.

Huneycutt, 50, had been the associate warden at Caldwell Correctional Center in Lenoir since 2015.

A veteran employee to state government, Huneycutt began his career as a correctional officer at Caldwell Correctional Center in 1996.

In 2003, he was promoted to sergeant and transferred to Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, where he was promoted to lieutenant in 2010 and captain in 2012.

Three years later, he was named the associate warden at Caldwell CC.

In his new position, Huneycutt is responsible for all operations at Avery-Mitchell CI, a male medium custody facility located on 100 acres along the Avery and Mitchell county line.