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Luther Luckett warden retires
By Jim Montalto, News Editor
Published: 12/24/2008

Chess R. Thomas “Tom” Dailey, warden of Kentucky’s Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, will retire December 31, 2008. The 24-year KYDOC veteran has been LLCC’s warden since June 2004, but he began his career at the facility and performed most of his work there too.

Dailey became a CO for LLCC in 1984, and was promoted to sergeant three years later. He then served as an internal affairs lieutenant, a captain and a unit administrator at LLCC for the next 12 years. Dailey performed other tasks at LLC as well. For example, he was the facility’s corrections emergency response team co-commander and squad. His dedication earned him LLLC’s employee of the year award in 1996.

“Tom Dailey is a veteran of this Department whose leadership will be missed. He has always brought out the best in his employees with his staunch support of the difficult jobs they perform. Tom has been an inspiration and a role model for the entire Department,” says KYDOC Commissioner LaDonna Thompson.

In 2000, he was promoted to deputy warden of the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women. While there, Dailey was named employee of the year in 2001.

“The challenges and changes have been many, but they become the mortar that creates a true family and team environment in this business. I have had the privilege of working with and learning from some of the best people on earth,” Dailey says. “I appreciate those contributions and I want to wish those I’m leaving behind in this profession the very best.”


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