Kentucky Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner James Erwin today announced that Steve Woodward has been promoted to warden at the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex (WKCC) in Fredonia. Woodward assumed his new duties Jan. 1.

Steve Woodward is a dedicated corrections professional who has worked his way up through the ranks,” said Erwin. “He has devoted his 22-year career to serving at Western Kentucky Correctional Complex. During this time he has held a wide variety of positions at the prison which gives him a unique insight to all aspects of the facility’s operation. We welcome him into this new position of leadership.”

Woodward began his career with the Department of Corrections in September 1990 as a correctional officer at WKCC. In December 1997 he was promoted to sergeant and again promoted to lieutenant in May 2001. During this time he also served as the prison’s internal affairs officer. In October 2002 Woodward was promoted to training coordinator. In August 2003 he was promoted to corrections unit administrator II, and opened the first special management unit at WKCC. From September 2007 through March 2008 Woodward was assigned to a special detail as the acting branch manager for the Western Regional Training Center. He was again promoted in January 2010 to deputy warden at WKCC and was serving in that position during the facility’s conversion to an all-female population in April 2010.

Woodward was involved in WKCC’s Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) for 15 years and served as the CERT team commander for three years. He was awarded two distinguished service awards in 1995 and 1997. He also participated in the department’s first Leadership Education and Development Program in 2001.

Woodward is a 2008 graduate of Mid-Continent University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Woodward currently resides in Princeton with his wife, Betty, and daughter, Callie.



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