Department of Corrections
Wes Dawson Promoted to Deputy Warden at KCIW
Kentucky Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Al Parke today announced the promotion of Wes Dawson to Deputy Warden of Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women (KCIW) in Pewee Valley. He officially assumes the post on May 1. Dawson has been serving in the role in an acting capacity since January 16, 2010.
“Wes Dawson has held just about every job you could hold within a prison so it would be difficult to find a more experienced individual,” said Parke. “He is very well respected and has attained a reputation department-wide for his excellent investigative skills. Wes has the solid level of experience and leadership skills that KCIW requires in a deputy warden.”
Dawson began his career in 1988 as a Correctional Officer at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex (LLCC). During his 10 years at this institution, he held numerous positions including yard supervisor on all three shifts, and he was promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain.
It was also during his years at LLCC that Dawson found one of his true talents when he began serving as an internal affairs officer. In 1998 he voluntarily transferred to KCIW where he continued to perform internal affairs duties. A year later he was promoted to the position of Institutional Procedures Officer. While in that role he supervised the Maintenance Department and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. He also reviewed all grievances and adjustment committee appeals for the Warden and became a duty officer and the prison’s primary Public Information Officer.
In 2001 Dawson was again promoted. During this time he worked directly for Deputy Warden Tom Dailey and was named acting Deputy Warden of Security when Dailey was promoted to Warden at LLCC. He remained in the acting position until Deputy Warden John Wright was hired. Dawson has also served as acting Deputy Warden on two other occasions including most recently when Janet Conover was promoted to warden at KCIW.
In January 2008 Dawson was promoted to Senior Captain. In this position he supervises all three security shifts at the prison. Throughout his entire tenure at KCIW, he has served as either the primary or backup internal affairs officer. He has been called upon by Central Office on numerous occasions to assist in internal investigations. He has also served as a backup for the Department’s spokesperson.
Dawson resides in Louisville with his wife Victoria and six-year old son Wyatt.