Department of Corrections
Kim Whitley Named Coordinator of DOC’s Professional Standards Unit
Kentucky Department of Corrections’ Deputy Commissioner James Erwin today announced that Kimberly Whitley has been appointed as the Coordinator of the Professional Standards Unit within the Office of Adult Institutions. The unit is responsible for oversight of Internal Affairs investigations, PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) investigations, and STG (Security Threat Group) investigations.
“This is a great opportunity for Kimberly,” said Erwin. “With her institutional leadership capabilities and human resources experience, she is a perfect fit to help us develop our Professional Standards Unit.”
Whitley served as Warden of the Frankfort Career Development Center (FCDC) from August 1, 2006 until the minimum-security prison’s closure on June 30. She began her career in 1986 in DOC’s Central Office with the Planning and Evaluation Branch through the cooperative extension program at Kentucky State University.
Since her initial employment, Whitley has worked in a number of positions and agencies, to include: Corrections Central Office Offender Records; Classification and Treatment Officer at Northpoint Training Center (NTC); Probation and Parole Officer in Fayette County, Court Designated Worker for Fayette County Youth Services through the Administrative Office of the Courts; Personnel Management Specialist with the Department of Libraries and Archives; and a Personnel Administrator at NTC. In addition she held Deputy Warden positions at FCDC, Blackburn Correctional Complex and NTC.
Whitley received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1987 and her master’s degree in public administration with a specialty in personnel management in 1990, both from Kentucky State University. She is a 2001 graduate of the Governor's Minority Management Trainee Program and she holds a Certificate of Management Fundamentals. She is currently enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University working on a Certificate in Paralegal Studies. She has served on a number of Cabinet and Departmental committees and she is a member of the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency, American Correctional Association, Southern States Correctional Association and the Correctional Accreditation Managers’ Association.