Aaron Smith has been promoted to branch manager of programs and security for Adult Institutions in the Department of Corrections.

In this role Smith will report directly to Jim Erwin, deputy commissioner for adult institutions, and have general oversight of security operations and programming within all of the DOC institutions.

 A native and lifelong resident of Oldham County, Smith most recently worked in the department’s contract management branch overseeing the agency’s private prison contracts.

“Aaron Smith is a dedicated corrections professional who has the level of experience and leadership skills that were needed for this critical position,” said Erwin. “His work ethic is outstanding and we look forward to the contributions that he will undoubtedly make in our programming and security operations.”

Smith began his career in 1988 with the Cabinet for Human Resources, in the Child Protective Services Department. In 1993 he transferred to the Department of Corrections to work as a probation and parole officer in Jefferson County. Three years later, he transferred to the Kentucky State Reformatory (KSR) as a classification and treatment officer. In 1998, he was promoted and served as the institutional parole officer for KSR and the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women. In 2002 he was promoted again, this time to a unit administrator’s position at KSR. Two years later he was promoted to serve as deputy warden of security for the Roederer Correctional Complex.

 Smith is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he attended on an athletic scholarship. He resides in Oldham County with his wife Cindy and three children, Mason, Dylan and Jordyn.



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