Second Chances: How Successful Re-entry Programs Benefit Our Communities
Speaking: 10/23/2019 2:00 PM
Multiple SpeakersBrad Boyd, Christian County Jailer and President, Kentucky Jailers Association Renee McDaniel, Executive Director Kirstie Willard, Executive Director
Kentucky Department of Corrections
Kirstie Willard joined the Department of Corrections as an intern with the Division of Local Facilities in May 1999. She held the position until August 2001 while completing a bachelor’s degree in correctional and juvenile justice studies at Eastern Kentucky University. Upon graduation, she worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville while working on a master’s degree in justice administration.
In October 2004, Willard returned to the department as a victim advocate in the Office of Victim Services. In September 2005, she was promoted to head the office, which included managing the statewide Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) program.
Willard transferred to the Division of Local Facilities as a jail services specialist in March 2007. She has served as a jail inspector and a liaison to all jails across the state on the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Willard was promoted in February 2010 to corrections program administrator, where in addition to her role as a jail inspector and PREA liaison, she handled the administrative duties of the Kentucky State Corrections Commission.
In 2014, she assumed supervisory duties of the Division of Local Facilities administrative staff, who are responsible for processing housing reimbursement, state inmate pay and catastrophic medical claims for the jails. Later that year, Willard was promoted to regional administrator for the Division of Local Facilities. In April 2016, she was named assistant director for the Division of Local Facilities, where she served until assuming her current position as director in December 2017.
Willard is a 2014 graduate of the Department of Corrections Commissioner’s Executive Leadership Program, a member of the American Jail Association and the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency.