David Higgs is a graduate of Murray State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He was the fifth employee hired during construction of GRCC and his entire corrections career has been dedicated to the institution. He was hired in 1994 as the prison’s first fiscal manager and has served in this capacity until his promotion to deputy warden in 2014. His expertise was also called upon in 2005 for the opening of Little Sandy Correctional Complex.
In addition to his position as fiscal manager, Higgs served as GRCC’s Public Information Officer for 18 years. He is an inaugural member of the GRCC Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) and in 2010 accepted the responsibility of becoming the team’s leader. Later that year he was selected as the Western Region HNT Coordinator. Higgs has been recognized with numerous awards during his career, including the agency’s top award, a Commissioner’s Award, in 2013.