Kentucky Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Kim Potter-Blair today announced the promotion of Kristin Smith to branch manager for the department’s re-entry and home incarceration branch.

Smith began her career in corrections in 2007. She most recently served as program administrator for DOC’s Victim Services Branch where she oversaw operation of Kentucky’s automated victim notification services and advocates who assist victims with requests related to their offender’s incarceration or upcoming release.

“Kristin Smith has proven herself to be a tremendous asset to the department,” said Potter-Blair. “She has the leadership skills necessary for this position and a ‘can do’ attitude that will be vital to our important re-entry initiatives. We have no doubt that she will excel in this position and continue to provide strong leadership and vision for the Department of Corrections.”

Smith serves on the Kentucky Victims Assistance Academy Steering Committee, and DOC’s Re-entry Committee (KARE Team). She served on the initial First Lady’s Shop & Share Committee and she is currently chairing seven teams for DOC that are tasked with implementing multiple projects within the department.

 A 2012 graduate of the Commissioner’s Executive Leadership program, Smith received the agency’s top award, a “Commissioner’s Award,” in 2010 for the “Project Safety” training initiative offered by the Victim Services Branch.

A resident of Lawrenceburg and native of Knox County, Smith is a graduate of Western Kentucky University where she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology. Prior to joining the Department of Corrections, she served in Kentucky and Arizona as a pretrial officer, drug court case specialist, and Child Protective Services case manager.



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