Department of Corrections
Wardens share career experiences at new facilities: Don Bottom Named Warden at Northpoint; Steve Haney Returns to Warden’s Post at Blackburn
After serving as warden at the state’s largest minimum-security prison for the past three years, Don Bottom has been named warden at Northpoint Training Center (NTC).
Bottom served as deputy warden of security at NTC for three years before his 2009 promotion to warden at Blackburn Correctional Complex (BCC). His 20-year career includes not only extensive time in security roles, but also work in re-entry.
Steve Haney, who has served as NTC warden for more than six years, will return to a post he knows well when he makes the move to Blackburn. He served as warden at Blackburn from 2000-2006.
Both moves are effective Oct. 16.
The warden changes are part of departmental plan designed to provide leadership diversity throughout the prison system, thus bringing wide-ranging skill sets to be shared at each facility. The Department has recently transferred or promoted new wardens at 6 of the other state prisons.
“This will be a good move for both individuals and both institutions,” said Kentucky Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner James Erwin. “Don Bottom will bring a great deal of experience to Northpoint and also fresh ideas. Steve Haney has worked diligently to oversee the most difficult period in Northpoint’s history. He has been deeply immersed for nearly three years in both the re-construction of the institution and the plan to repopulate it after the 2009 disturbance. The knowledge and skills he has garnered throughout this experience will be of tremendous benefit to Blackburn.”
Bottom began his career at Northpoint Training Center in 1992 as a correctional officer. In 1993 he was promoted to classification and treatment officer I and two years later promoted again, this time at Frankfort Career Development Center. He received a promotion in 2002 when he came to the department’s central office as a program administrator. He worked in various areas of central office including the contract management and classification branches, and the home incarceration/re-entry program. He also served as the Department of Corrections security threat group coordinator and interstate compact administrator.
In 2005 Bottom was promoted to deputy warden at Blackburn Correctional Complex and in 2006 transferred as deputy warden to NTC. He is a 1993 graduate of Kentucky State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Bottom is a graduate of the Commissioner’s Executive Leadership Program and is a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA), and Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD).
Haney began his corrections career in 1989 at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex (EKCC) as the procedures development specialist. While at EKCC he also served as the classification and treatment officer supervisor. In 1996, he was promoted to deputy warden at Blackburn and in September of 2000 was appointed warden of the prison.
As warden at Northpoint, Haney implemented the facility’s new design which includes higher security standards. These standards include installation of security-grade exit doors and locks, new cameras and fencing to control inmate access to the yard.
Haney is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where he received his bachelor’s degree in marketing. He is a native of Morgan County and he and his wife Kellie have three children, Colby, Kristin and Kaitlin.