Richard Martin joined CMCG in 2016 as the Chief Security Officer after serving more than 30 years in adult corrections. In 1982 Mr. Martin began his career as a Correctional Officer with the Mississippi Department of Corrections in Parchman, Mississippi. After working various positions of increasing responsibility with MDOC, he was hired as a Case Manager with the Bureau of Prison’s Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California in 1986. In 1989, Mr. Martin returned to MDOC as an Assistant Warden of Security at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville Mississippi, (SMCI). Mr. Martin duties included supervising all Security, Medical, Recreation, Classification, Program, and Religious Services staff at the facility. Mr. Martin served as Interim Warden at SMCI from July 1993 to May1994. In 1995, Mr. Martin returned to the Federal Bureau of Prisons at FCC Coleman, FL. He was assigned as Unit Manager for inmates housed in FCC Coleman-Medium Special Housing Unit from the 1995 Bureau of Prisons nationwide riots. In April, 1996, he was named “Correctional Worker if the Year” for his efforts working with these difficult inmates. During his 20 plus years at FCC Coleman, Mr. Martin was a member of the activation teams for all five facilities. Mr. Martin additionally transferred to the various facilities several times when requested to do so. He was named “Supervisor of the Year” four times during his tenure at FCC Coleman. Mr. Martin has also served as Acting Associate Warden of Security at all the five facilities at FCC Coleman several times including an 11 month stint at FCC Coleman USP-2 when the 900 inmates from the state of Louisiana were housed there due to Hurricane Katrina which destroyed several correctional facilities in the state of Louisiana. Mr. Martin was a longtime member of FCC Coleman’s Crisis Management Team serving as Primary Negotiator on the Crisis Negotiation Team for 15 years and was a Team Leader upon retirement in January, 2016. Mr. Martin is a licensed security officer in the state of Florida and is dedicated to providing mentoring and training to younger correctional and security professionals.
Mr. Martin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi, in 1985. He received his Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Delta State University graduating with honors in 1998. While at Delta State, Mr. Martin was a Varsity Basketball Player, inducted into the Delta State University Hall of Fame, inducted into Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, and served as Vice President of the of the Student Government Association. Mr. Martin graduated high school from Central High School in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee in 1978.
A Lifetime Member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ). Mr. Martin served as President of the Central Florida Chapter on two occasions. He is also an active member of the American Correctional Association, the National Association of Hostage Negotiators, the Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators, and the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency. His external activities have included serving as a Committee Member for Boy Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida. Mr. Martin is married and he and his wife, Janet Navarro-Martin have four children together.