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KSR warden headed to Frankfort, Luther Luckett warden steps up

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

After serving as warden at four prisons in Kentucky, Cookie Crews has been promoted to the position of health services administrator with the Department of Corrections. In this role she will provide administrative oversight for the entire medical mission for the department.

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Crews most recently served as warden at the Kentucky State Reformatory (KSR), the state’s largest prison, a position she has held for the past two and half years.

“Cookie Crews has the leadership ability to tackle this challenging position,” said Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson. “She has extensive and varied experience with the department that includes knowledge of institutional operations and budgeting. Her hands-on management of the prison with the largest medical operation makes her uniquely qualified for this role.”

A native of the small town of Hardy in Pike County, Crews began her Corrections career in January 1984 as a correctional officer at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women (KCIW) and in September of the following year was promoted to sergeant. She was then promoted to the position of classification and treatment officer at KSR in 1987 and served in that same position at the Roederer Correctional Complex the next year.

Crews was then promoted to correctional unit administrator I at KSR and in 1998 was promoted again to unit administrator II at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex (LLCC). In 2002 she was promoted to deputy warden at LLCC and her service career includes a seven-month stint as acting warden of the prison. In September 2004, she was promoted to warden of the Frankfort Career Development Center and held that position until being named warden at KCIW in 2006. She served in that position until being named warden at KSR in 2009.

Crews is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where she received her bachelor’s degree in corrections and public relations. She is the current president of Southern States Correctional Association (SSCA) and a member of Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD). She is also a member of the Pleasant Glove Baptist Church in Middletown.

 Clark Taylor, a 24-year veteran of the Kentucky Department of Corrections, has been promoted to warden of the KSR.

Taylor has served as warden at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex since 2009. Prior to that, he served four and a half years as deputy warden at the KSR. During his tenure with the department he also served as acting warden at the Bell County Forestry Camp, in 2006.

“We needed one of the best administrators within the department to handle the complexities of the state’s largest prison and the facility that also houses the inmates with severe medical and mental health needs,” said Thompson. “Clark Taylor has the skills and leadership ability for this very important position. His years at KSR will provide him with valuable insight.”

Taylor began his career as a correctional officer in 1988 at the Bell County Forestry Camp (BCFC). He was promoted to classification and treatment officer at the prison in 1990. A year later, he was promoted to procedures development coordinator at KSR, and while there served as accreditation manager, litigation coordinator and inmate grievance coordinator. He was promoted again in 1995 to administrative specialist principal at the KCIW, and in this role had oversight of accreditation, policies, maintenance, and staff investigations. 

In 1998, Taylor was promoted to program administrator and worked in the Classification Branch Office and the Private Prison Branch Office. He was promoted to branch manager in 2002, with responsibility for monitoring contracts with two private facilities.

A native of Bell County, Taylor is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He and his wife Sherry live in Oldham County with their two sons, Dylan and Connor.

 Both promotions are effective June 1.