Kentucky Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner James Erwin today announced that Keith Helton, a 16-year veteran of the Department of Corrections, has been promoted to deputy warden at the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex (EKCC) in West Liberty. Helton assumed his new duties on July 16.

Helton began his DOC career in May 1997 as a correctional officer at EKCC. He was promoted to lieutenant and transferred to Little Sandy Correctional Complex when that facility opened in May 2005 and was again promoted to corrections unit administrator in May 2006.  In August 2010, Helton returned to EKCC upon his promotion to captain.  In January 2011, he was promoted to senior captain and has been the acting deputy warden at EKCC since June 2012.

“Keith has played many developmental roles within the department that have prepared him for his role as deputy warden,” said Erwin. “He is dedicated and has a strong work ethic which will be of great benefit to one of our higher security prisons.”

Helton currently serves as EKCC’s Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) commander and is also the eastern region CERT commander.

He is 2007 graduate of the Commissioner’s Executive Leadership Development Program (CELDP) and also completed the CELPD Alumni class in 2012. He is the recipient of the 2007 Achievement award from LSCC and also the 2011 Achievement award from EKCC.

Helton and his wife Tammy currently reside in West Liberty with their daughter, Shelbi, who is attending Morehead State University.



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