Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Potter-Blair Named DOC Deputy Commissioner
FRANKFORT, KY. (April 1, 2008) – Kentucky Department of Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson today announced that Kimberly Potter-Blair, a 10-year veteran of the department, has been named Deputy Commissioner for Support Services for the DOC. She will be responsible for administrative services, corrections training, budget management, correctional industries, offender information and information technology.
“I’m looking forward to having Kim Potter-Blair as part of my management team,” Thompson said. “She has gained the respect of not only her co-workers but also every agency she’s worked with through her good character and hard work.”
Potter-Blair began her career with the Department of Corrections on Feb. 1, 1998 as a Corrections Officer at Blackburn Correctional Complex. She was promoted to caseworker at Blackburn before transferring to the Division of Probation & Parole in District 9 on Dec. 16, 1999. After supervising a caseload of offenders for approximately four years, Potter-Blair was promoted to Assistant District Supervisor for District 9 on Nov. 1, 2003, and then to District Supervisor in October of 2005.
During her time in District 9, which encompasses Fayette County, she was instrumental in the efficient flow of court work in the Fayette Circuit Court system. She has also been active in helping to create the Fayette County Re-Entry Program for offenders on probation and parole, as well as coordinating efforts with the CJ-DATS research project with the University of Kentucky. Additionally, Potter-Blair is a member of the Fayette County Transitions Committee which works to aid in the re-entry of all incarcerated individuals back into the community.
During her career, Potter-Blair has been a member of the Kentucky State Parole Officers’ Association and the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency where she previously served as President of the Bluegrass Chapter of KCCD. She is a graduate of the inaugural Commissioner’s Executive Leadership Program, which began in May 2005.
In addition to her work for the Department of Corrections, she is also involved in numerous community activities. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a community service organization. Through her work with Delta Sigma Theta, Potter-Blair has worked on community service projects for organizations such as God’s Pantry and local clothing banks. She also performs community service work for a charity she holds dear, the Ronald McDonald House.
She and her husband, Myron, live in Lexington and have two sons, Chase and Aven.