Department of Corrections
Kentucky Department of Corrections employees receive awards from Kentucky State University
Frankfort, KY – Two Kentucky Department of Corrections employees were selected for special recognition by Kentucky State University (KSU). On Monday, April 23, 2007 the annual Career Counseling and Placement Awards Program was held at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.
Warden Kimberly Whitley, class of 1987, received an “Outstanding Alumni Award” for her work and dedication to the field of corrections. “I am very humbled and appreciative of this prestigious honor and credit much of my success to the education and personal development obtained through my experience at KSU.” said Whitley. “KSU provided me the foundation and aspiration to believe that I could and would achieve greatness in this life. I wish to only continue in that path and hopefully make a difference in the lives of those I am charged to oversee as a warden.” Whitley is a native of Danville and a graduate of KSU where she received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and her master’s in public administration.
Kim Potter-Blair, District Supervisor Probation and Parole received an “Employer Award” for her accomplishments in a different area of corrections. Potter-Blair, class of 1997, has worked her way through the system. She began as a Correctional Officer at Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington and then moved into the Probation and Parole arena. She progressed to Assistant Supervisor and is presently the District Supervisor in the Lexington office. “There are many things that I learned at KSU that contributed to my being where I am today.” said Potter-Blair. “Paramount among these things is the message the school slogan instills in it’s students, and that is to constantly strive to help others, in addition to oneself, reach Onward and Upward.” Potter-Blair is a native of Bowling Green and received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and her master’s in public administration.
Commissioner John D. Rees said, “We are very fortunate to have both of these professional employees working in our department. Kim and Kimberly have proven to be valuable members of our management team.”