Department of Corrections
Kirstie Willard and Desi Brooks Promoted to Regional Administrators

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 17, 2014  
Contact Information:  Lisa Lamb
(502) 564-4726 (office)
(502) 229-5638 (cell)

Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) Deputy Commissioner Paula Holden today announced that Kirstie Willard and Desi Brooks have both been promoted to regional administrators for the department.  In these positions they will work closely with DOC officials, jail inspectors, jailers and local officials on all issues relating to Kentucky Jail Standards. Willard and Brooks assumed their new duties Nov 16.

“I am excited to have Kirstie Willard and Desi Brooks as regional administrators and leaders in the Division of Local Facilities,” said Holden. “Their skills and extensive job knowledge will serve them well in their roles as heads of the western and eastern regions of jails across the Commonwealth.”

Willard worked as an intern with the Division of Local Facilities from May 1999 until August 2001, while completing her Bachelor of Science degree in correctional and juvenile justice studies at Eastern Kentucky University. Upon graduation, she worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville while working on her Master’s degree in justice administration. 

Willard returned to the DOC in October 2004 as a victim advocate II in the newly formed Office of Victim Services where she acted as a liaison between crime victims and the department.  In September 2005, she was promoted to victim advocate III and managed the state-wide Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) program. In March 2007, she transferred to the Division of Local Facilities as a jail services specialist where she served as the jail inspector for 14 counties and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) liaison for all jails across the state. In February 2010, she was promoted to corrections program administrator where, in addition to her role as a jail inspector and PREA liaison, she handled the administrative duties of the Kentucky State Corrections Commission with regard to the community corrections grants program and served as the clerical assistant for the Kentucky Jail Standards Commission.  In January 2014, Willard also assumed supervisory duties of the Division of Local Facilities administrative staff, who are responsible for processing housing reimbursement, state inmate pay and catastrophic medical claims for the jails.

 Willard is a 2014 graduate of the Commissioner’s Executive Leadership Program, and is also a member of the American Jail Association and the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Desi Brooks, a Navy veteran, began his career with the DOC in 1996 as a correctional officer at Blackburn Correctional Complex. In June 2000 he transferred to the Division of Probation and Parole as an officer in the Louisville west office. He transferred to the Lexington office in September 2001. He was promoted to jail services specialist in the Division of Local Facilities in 2002 and was again promoted in 2007 to jail consultant.  He has also been a Kentucky Employee Mediation Program (KEMP) mediator since July 2008.

 Brooks is a 2008 graduate of Sullivan University where he earned a Master’s degree in dispute resolution. He is also a graduate of the 2007 and 2012 classes of the Commissioner’s Executive Leadership Program as well as the Governor’s Minority Management Trainee Program in 2011.