Commissioner LaDonna H. Thompson – LKY 2007

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LaDonna H. Thompson began her career with the Kentucky Department of Corrections in 1989.  She made history in 2008 when Governor Steve Beshear named her Commissioner, marking the first time a woman has been chosen for the top Kentucky Department of Corrections’ post.

Thompson is currently one of the most tenured leaders of state corrections agencies in the United States. She is the current chair of the Program and Training Committee for the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), and routinely conducts training for new directors. She is also a member of ASCA’s Racial Disparity, Re-Entry and Community Corrections, Policy: Resolutions, Legislation and Legal Issues, Research and Best Practices, Information Sharing and Nominating committees.

During her career, Thompson has received numerous awards, including three honors for distinguished service to the department. A graduate of the Leadership Kentucky class of 2007, her awards also include two for recommendations that resulted in fiscal savings for the Commonwealth. Thompson was a 2007 recipient of the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” Award presented by the National Center for Women and Policing, and she was selected as a participant in the 2006 NIC Executive Leadership for Women class.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]