Kentucky Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Jim Erwin today announced that Ravonne Sims has been promoted to warden at the Roederer Correctional Complex (RCC) in LaGrange. Sims will assume her new duties Aug. 16.

“Ravonne is a true corrections professional and her varied assignments within the department have prepared her for this appointment to the RCC warden position,” said Erwin. “We are very excited about this promotion both for her and the institution.”

Sims began her career in 1999 as a classification and treatment officer at the RCC Assessment Center. In 2000 she received a promotion outside of the Department of Corrections as a microbiologist I with the Department for Public Health.

Sims returned to the Department of Corrections in 2001. In 2003, she was promoted to corrections unit administrator I at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex (LLCC). Two years later she was promoted to CUA II and assigned to the Kentucky State Reformatory where she supervised the prison’s 130-bed segregation unit. In 2007 Sims transitioned to Unit A at the Reformatory which houses approximately 700 offenders and includes the prison’s Nursing Care Facility. She also served as KSR’s back-up public information officer.

Sims served on the Corrections Emergency Response Team at RCC and LLCC from 2002-2005 and has received training in hostage negotiations.  In 2009 she was appointed to coordinate classification issues at Northpoint Training Center for offenders involved in the disturbance that occurred in August 2009.

In 2011, Sims was promoted to deputy warden of operations at the Reformatory and supervised the institution’s support services including the medical department, mental health, food service, Correctional Industries, religious and recreation services. In 2012 she was named the deputy warden of security.

Sims is a graduate of the University of Louisville where she earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology.

She is also a 2006 graduate of the Commissioner’s Executive Leadership Development program.



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