John Hall - Director
Hall began his career with the Department of Corrections (DOC) during his junior year in high school as a temporary employee for the Offender Information Services (OIS) branch. In October 2001 he was hired as a clerk and quickly worked his way up through the ranks. He was promoted to a supervisor's position in OIS in April 2003.
Hall continued his upward trek through the agency, receiving promotions in 2008 and again in 2010 when he was named OIS branch manager. In 2012, Hall was promoted to Administrative Coordinator and oversaw the Offender Information and Information Technology Branch. In this capacity, Hall led the Offender Information and Information Technology branches and provided oversight for the KOMS project team.
During his career, Hall has been recognized with numerous awards, including the agency's top award, a "Commissioner's Award", in 2004 and 2008. In 2011, he was recognized for submission of an employee suggestion that resulted in annual savings of more than $500,000 to the department. He is a 2009 graduate of the Commissioner's Executive Leadership program. Upon graduating, he has served multiple times as a mentor and project coach for the program.
Hall is Treasurer of the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD). Additionally, Hall has represented the Commonwealth at a National level by serving as a board member for the Corrections Technology Association and as a member of the Institute Justice Information Sharing (IJIS) Corrections Advisory Committee.
Kirk Gausepohl - Assistant Director
Gausepohl began his DOC career in April 1998 as a correctional officer at Blackburn Correctional Complex. The following year, he joined the Division of Probation and Parole as an officer in District 9 in Fayette County.
As a probation and parole officer, he completed presentence investigation reports and supervised a variety of caseloads including probationers, parolees, individuals on home incarceration, and sex offenders. In addition, he served as a Class D officer and the officer assigned to the CSC halfway house and the Chrysalis House residential SAP program. He also conducted PREA investigations, served as an ACA mock auditor, chaired the caseload audit committee served as a mentor in the Commissioner's Executive Leadership Program, coordinated job fairs, assisted in the training of P&P staff, chaired the intern program within District 9, and ran supervision orientation classes for all new offenders in Fayette Circuit Court.
In 2011 Gausepohl was promoted to assistant supervisor in District 9. He retired from DOC in September 2017. In January of this year, he returned to DOC to the Division of Local Facilities where he was responsible for jail billing and medical payment to jails. In July, he was special detailed to the position of assistant director of the Division of Probation and Parole.
A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Gausepohl received his bachelor's degree in corrections and juvenile justice.
Steve Turner - Assistant Director
A 13-year veteran of the Department of Corrections, Turner began his career working as a correctional officer at the Frankfort Career Development Center in 2005. In 2006 he promoted to a classification and treatment officer position at the facility. Shortly afterwards he transferred to the home incarceration program area at Central Office as the original central region classification and treatment officer.
In 2008 Turner promoted to deputy compact administrator for the Interstate Compact Office where he helped build a solid foundation for the controlled movement of over 6,000 probationers and parolees across state lines. In this capacity, Turner was a key player in Kentucky's Transition to the Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System (ICOTS). He gained national recognition for his efforts toward ensuring all interstate compact policies and procedures are followed in accordance with statute and has served as alternate and proxy for the instate compact commissioner.
Turner took the initiative to spearhead the department's DNA collection efforts during a difficult time in 2013. His unwavering commitment to this task was pivotal in that he not only coordinated the undertaking, but also played an instrumental role in updating and enhancing processes and procedures to establish a system of accountability across the state.
Turner is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. In 2013 he graduated from the Commissioner's Executive Leadership Program and later served as a mentor in the program. He received a DOC Deputy Commissioner's Award in 2012 and was a co-recipient of the Deputy Commissioner's Award for Support Services in 2018. Turner is an active member of the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD) and currently serves as the Capitol Chapter president.