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Warden, supervisor and manager promotions for Ky.
By Jim Montalto, News Editor
Published: 11/12/2008

Blue arrow Several promotions have been awarded recently to Kentucky Department of Corrections employees. Cassandra Davis has become Jefferson County’s new probation and parole supervisor, while John Holloway has advanced to deputy warden of the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex. Gary Prestigiacomo is now Frankfort Career Development Center’s deputy warden, and Wendy Hayden is the new branch manager for the KYDOC’s central office.

Davis joined the KYDOC in 1988, as a legal secretary for the parole board. In 1990, she took a secretary position in the probation and parole division. She then became a probation and parole officer in 1994, and has won awards for her work 2003 and 2007.

“Davis has shown her skill and depth of knowledge as an officer,” says KYDOC Director of Probation & Parole Lelia VanHoose. “Further, she has the grit and dedication to the Division which will be essential as we move forward. I am excited to get this opportunity to work with Ms. Davis in this role. I have no doubt that she will excel in this position and provide strong leadership for her District.”

Holloway initially served as deputy jailer in Rowan County in 1989, and then moved to the KYDOC as an Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex CO. He was promoted to sergeant, and in 1991 advanced to correctional lieutenant. In 2002, he became a senior captain and supervised 276 security staff on three shifts.

He was the interim deputy warden for security at EKCC from 2003 to 2005, and served as a state monitor at the private prisons. Holloway also is a member of EKCC’s corrections emergency response team, and served as squad commander for two years. He is one of the prison’s firearms instructors as well.

Prestigiacomo became a CO at the Kentucky’s state reformatory in 1980. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1982 and then was assigned to Internal Affairs. He returned to corrections in 1996, as an officer at Green River Correctional Complex, and in 1999, became production supervisor at KYDOC’s furniture plant.

“Gary Prestigiacomo represents the epitome of a true correctional professional as he has served in a variety of essential roles within the Department of Corrections,” says Deputy Commissioner Al Parke. “He has both custody and program experience serving as a security supervisor and as a unit manager responsible for over 600 inmates. Additionally, he has held positions such as Public Information Officer and Accreditation Manager. Gary was one of the staff who applied for and completed the Department of Corrections ‘Leadership Program.’ He’s amply qualified to take over his new role as Deputy Warden at FCDC.” The 18-year KYDOC veteran received KYDOC’s Achievement Award in 2004. He is a member of the American Correctional Association and the Correctional Accreditation Managers Association. Prestigiacomo also belongs to the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation.

As central office branch manager, Wendy Hayden will oversee the department’s Home Incarceration Program and its re-entry efforts. The five-year KYDOC employee began her career working in the community sex offender treatment program. She then became a program administrator for the agency’s contract management branch where she oversaw the beds utilized by the KYDOC, including private prisons and halfway houses.

“Wendy Hayden is a rising star in the department,” says Deputy Commissioner Kimberly Potter-Blair. “She has a tough task ahead of her, but I am confident that she will use her excellent leadership skills to take charge of this very important program.”


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