Spivey is a native of Ruleville and according to warden Ora Starks, he was the best applicant suited for the position.
"Mr. Spivey has outstanding credentials, certifications, pastoral ship, and correctional background. He is a professional and passionate about anything that he does and has great interpersonal skills," said Starks.
To qualify for this position, Starks said individuals were required to fill out an application and have specific skills.
"We were in search of someone who was able to embrace the problems of a diverse community and offer pastoral counseling to all. One who was equipped with great interpersonal skills had established a good rapport," said Starks.
"We wanted someone who was passionate, non-judgmental, flexible, and confident enough to be able to transfer their skills to handle emergencies when the time of duty calls. This is important because a chaplain should be able to minister to the needs of individuals," she continued.
Starks also said chaplains are important to the facility because offenders need to have the freedom to worship and still be connected to their higher power.
"Chaplains help to bring about change in inmates for the better. They can also help inmates remained focused, positive and have hope while being incarcerated," added Starks.
Chaplains are part – time employees that are responsible for directing and supervising the provision of religious services and the training and screening of all volunteers for religious programs.