Department of Corrections
Pettit Promoted to Deputy Warden at KSP
Kentucky Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner James Erwin today announced that Duke Pettit has been promoted to deputy warden at the Kentucky State Penitentiary (KSP) in Eddyville. Pettit’s promotion was effective Sept. 16.
“Pettit is very well respected for his knowledge and experience,” said Erwin. “He is also recognized for his dedication to carrying out the mission of the Kentucky State Penitentiary.”
Pettit began his career with the Department of Corrections in November 1988 as a farm crew leader at Western Kentucky Correctional Complex (WKCC). In November 1989 he was promoted to farm program supervisor. In November 1990, due to the WKCC farm closure, Pettit transferred to KSP as a classification and treatment officer. He maintained that position until October 2004 when he was promoted to corrections unit administrator I. In May 2007, he was promoted to program director. He was again promoted in May 2009 to corrections unit administrator II, where he remained until his promotion to deputy warden of programs.
“Mr. Pettit is a highly capable and dedicated professional with over 20 years of experience in managing maximum security offenders,” said KSP Warden Randy White. “He has been an asset to the Kentucky State Penitentiary for many years and is well respected by the inmates and staff alike.”
Pettit is a 1971 graduate of the University of Kentucky where he earned a bachelor of science degree in animal science.
He and his wife, Anita, currently reside in Princeton. They have four children and 11 grandchildren.