Wednesday, June 19, 2024

There’s a new superintendent at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail

York-Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs (left) congratulates Deputy Superintendent/Lt. Col. Roy C. Witham. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
York-Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs (left) congratulates Deputy Superintendent/Lt. Col. Roy C. Witham. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail Board of Directors has selected Deputy Superintendent/Lt. Col. Roy C. Witham to serve as the jail’s new superintendent.

The post is effective Wednesday. He replaces Tony Pham, who retired in December.

VPRJ serves York County, Poquoson, James City County, and Williamsburg.

According to a news release from VPRJ, Witham “has dedicated 22 years to the effective management, operation and oversight of correctional facilities within two communities; the VPRJ (2017-present) and the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office (1997-2017).”

He has been involved in nearly every detail of jail operations, including shift management, inmate intake classification management, construction procurement, vendor management, personnel management, and overall facility operations.

“We had a good response from applicants interested in serving as our superintendent,” said York-Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs, who is chairman of the VPRJ Board Authority. “As a Board, we felt that much progress had been made at VPRJ over the past two years, and Col. Witham, who had served as our deputy superintendent had been part of that progress. We are pleased that he was interested in this opportunity and that his background has prepared him to lead our regional jail. He is ready to take the next step and serve as our superintendent.”

Witham attended the University of Tennessee, served in the U.S. Navy, and holds numerous certifications within the criminal justice field, according to the news release.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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