Department of Corrections
White Named Deputy Commissioner
Frankfort, KY – Department of Corrections Commissioner John D. Rees today announced the promotion of Kelly White to Deputy Commissioner. He will oversee the Department’s Community Services Division which encompasses Probation & Parole and Local Facilities. White will assume his new position today.
White was the Department’s Director of Local Facilities, overseeing the agencies’ employees who work with local jails, a position he’d held since June 2004. He comes to Corrections from a career in public service. He worked seven years as a field representative for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. In that role, he covered 21 counties in Northern and Northeastern Kentucky for the senator. He was the liaison between McConnell and city, county and state officials from that region. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with the Boy Scouts of America organization, working as a district executive in Nashville, Tenn., and Asheville, N.C., and then as a district director in Northern Kentucky.
“Kelly White has done a superb job working with the local jails across this Commonwealth in the two years he has been with the Department,” said Corrections Commissioner John D. Rees. “He has done this with not only strong leadership, but the ability to communicate with jailers, county judges and fiscal court members. He has strengthened the Local Facilities unit of our Department and I look forward to working with him as we focus on expanding our community corrections services across this state.”
A native of Logan County, White is a graduate of Western Kentucky University. He is active in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, United Way and has served as a youth basketball and baseball coach. He is a member of the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park. He and his wife Joni reside in Ft. Wright with their two sons, Jake and Logan.