Department of Corrections
Conover Promoted to Warden at Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women
Frankfort, Ky. (January 13, 2010) – Kentucky Department of Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson today announced the promotion of Janet Conover as warden of the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women (KCIW) at Pewee Valley, currently the only state-operated prison for female offenders.
Conover has served as interim warden of the prison since October.
“Janet Conover has served the Department in a multitude of very important and difficult jobs, including acting warden, and she has excelled in each and every one of them,” said Thompson. “She is a very effective manager and an asset to this agency. We believe she will continue to be a great leader for the management team at KCIW.”
Conover first became interested in a career in Corrections in 1989 after completing an internship in the Sex Offender Treatment Program at the Kentucky State Reformatory while still a senior at Bellarmine University. A few months later, she was hired as a correctional officer at KCIW. In 1991, she was promoted to classification/treatment officer at KCIW and later received promotions to unit administrator I and II while at the institution. She also worked as a grievance coordinator at the prison.
In January 2002 she came to the Department’s Central Office to work in the Classification Branch where she was a program administrator. In 2004 she was promoted to the position of executive staff advisor and served as the Commissioner’s Ombudsman. In that role she also monitored the ACA accreditation process. In July 2006, Conover was again promoted, this time to the position of Deputy Warden at KCIW. She held that position until being named interim warden this past October.
Conover is a graduate of the 2007 Commissioner’s Executive Leadership Program, a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA), Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD) and the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents (NAAWS).
She is a native of Louisville and a graduate of Bellarmine University. She and her husband David live in Louisville with their daughter Allie.