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Commissioner's Office

Interim Commissioner, Kathleen Kenney

Kenney joined the department with more than 25 years of experience in criminal justice, particularly in the federal prison system, which oversees 122 prisons and 39,000 employees. From 2004 to 2017, she held the assistant director and general counsel position in Washington D.C., managing the bureau's legal operations and 300 staff members.

During that time, Kenney supervised offices on internal affairs, inmate grievances, ethics and the Freedom of Information Act. She also oversaw the development and implementation of federal regulations and agency policy in multiple areas, including civil commitment of sexually dangerous offenders, terrorist communications and officer safety.

Since her time in Washington, Kenney has worked for the nationally-recognized consulting firm, The Moss Group, where her efforts focused on improving correctional cultures across the country, particularly in the areas of sexual harassment, professional boundaries, and women's leadership.

She earned a bachelor's degree in politics from the Catholic University of America and a juris doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Deputy Commissioner of Support Services, Hilarye Dailey

A 15-year veteran of the agency, Dailey began her career with the Department of Corrections in 2003 at Blackburn Correctional Complex as the fiscal manager for the prison. She held that role until accepting the position as fiscal branch manager in the department's central office in 2007. She was promoted to assistant director of administrative services in 2010.

Dailey received her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky and her master's degree in business administration from Morehead State University. She is a 2009 graduate of the Commissioner's Executive Leadership program.



Deputy Commissioner of Adult Institutions, Randy White

 A 22-year veteran of corrections, White began his career as a correctional officer at Northpoint Training Center in 1996. After a series of promotions that took him to Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex, Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women, and Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, he assumed his first wardenship at Green River Correctional Complex in 2009.

White has served for the past six years as warden of the Kentucky State Penitentiary (KSP), the state's oldest and only maximum-security prison. While at KSP, he assisted in creating and implementing the Restrictive Housing Transition Program, designed to address behavioral management issues for inmates in restrictive housing. In addition, he has increased evidence-based, behavioral modification programming by 60 percent at the Prison. His leadership has proven that evidence-based programming not only assists the inmate population and re-entry efforts, but also improves institutional security.

In addition to his DOC service, White served our nation as a member of the Kentucky Army National Guard. He had two stateside activations and was twice mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

White is a native of Wolfe County and a 1994 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where he received his bachelor's degree in corrections/juvenile services and police administration. He was a recipient of the department's highest honor, a Commissioner's Award, in 2006. He is a 2007 graduate of the Commissioner's Executive Leadership Program.