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Kentucky Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner James Erwin today announced that Randy Hargis has been promoted to deputy warden at Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Pewee Valley.
Hargis began his new assignment Jan. 16.
Hargis began his career as a correctional officer in 2001 at Roederer Correctional Complex.
While at RCC, he received promotions to sergeant in 2003 and to lieutenant in 2004. He became a member of RCC’s Corrections Emergency Response Team in 2004 and was named a tactical team squad leader.
In May 2006, Hargis accepted a promotion to captain at KCIW and also joined KCIW’s CERT. He was named CERT Commander at KCIW in 2008.
In 2008, Hargis was again promoted, this time to a unit administrator’s position. In this role, he oversaw KCIW’s segregation unit. He was later assigned to the assessment and classification unit at KCIW and also became the prison’s Security Threat Group coordinator.
He continued working his way up through the ranks, and was promoted again in 2010.
He remained in the assessment and classification unit and was in charge of population management at KCIW.
“Randy Hargis is a go-to individual,” Erwin said. “He takes on any assignment and can always be depended on for a job well done. His institutional knowledge, gained from his years at Roederer and KCIW, will allow him to hit the ground running in his new position as deputy warden. This is an excellent opportunity for Randy to advance his career and for us to take advantage of his wealth of ideas and enthusiasm.”
Hargis was also selected for the Commissioner’s Executive Leadership program, and participated in the 2009 and 2010-11 classes. He earned KCIW’s Achievement Award in 2010.
A 20-year retired U.S. Army veteran, Hargis served in Operation Desert Storm.
He resides in Louisville with his wife of 31 years, Mary.
The couple has one daughter, Sandra Dawn (Travis) Foley and a grandson, Ace Scott Foley.