Department of Corrections
Holden Named Director of Population Management
Frankfort, KY – Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner LaDonna Thompson today announced the promotion of Paula Foree Holden to the position of Director of Population Management. In that role, Holden will monitor and coordinate inmate population and transfer issues in DOC prisons and county jails. Holden will split her time between the Department’s Central Office in Frankfort and the Roederer Correctional Complex in LaGrange where she will monitor Controlled Intake and Assessment Center movement.
“We are very pleased to be able to bring Paula Holden to Central Office,” said Thompson. “Her extensive Corrections experience will be a valuable asset to us. She is well respected throughout the Department, serving as a mentor to numerous employees, and she is also respected by the jail and court staffs she comes in contact with on a daily basis.”
Holden is a 1981 graduate of Murray State University where she majored in Criminal Justice and Corrections. She graduated Suma Cum Laude and was named the outstanding graduating senior in Corrections. While attending Murray State University, Holden completed two intern placements, one with Calloway County Juvenile Court and one with the Kentucky State Reformatory (KSR).
Holden began her employment with the Department of Corrections at KSR in May 1978 where she was employed as a clerical assistant for three summers while attending college.
Holden began full-time employment as a Correctional Officer at KSR in April 1982. Holden was promoted to Classification/Treatment Officer in 1983 at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. While at Luther Luckett, Holden also worked as an Offender Rehabilitation Specialist and Correctional Unit Administrator I.
In January 1993, Holden transferred to Roederer Correctional Complex in the Assessment/Classification Center. Holden was promoted to Corrections Unit Administrator II and then to Program Administrator of the Assessment/Classification Center.
In December 2003, Holden was promoted to Deputy Warden III at Roederer and she served in that position until accepting this most recent promotion. She was the 2005 recipient of the “Deputy Commissioner’s Award for Adult Institutions.”