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Commissioner's Office

Commissioner, Jim Erwin

Erwin began his career as a front-line corrections officer in 1985 before rising through the ranks and into administrative roles. He served as a warden or deputy warden at four institutions in Ohio and joined the DOC Central Office in Kentucky in 2007 as director of operations for adult institutions.

His experience includes strategic planning, leadership development, contract and labor management, and overall prison operations, including security and programs. He also brings experience in managing specialized offender populations, including medical needs, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, and restrictive housing.

Erwin earned a bachelor's degree in history from Centre College and a master's degree in justice administration from the University of Louisville.


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.