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Indiana Department of Correction

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Commissioner

 

Commissioner Bruce Lemmon

 

Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon was reappointed by Governor Michael R. Pence on January 10, 2013.

Commissioner Lemmon also served in his currently capacity under the administration of former Governor Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. Before being appointed to Commissioner, Bruce Lemmon served as the Superintendent of the Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle, IN. While in his post as Superintendent, he made many improvements to the facility, such as doubling the size of both the CLIFF Unit and the PLUS Unit, initiating a recycling program, and establishing the Park and Furniture Program, Farm Fresh Dinner, and the Inmate to Work Mate Program. Commissioner Lemmon also increased the amount of jobs for the offender population during his tenure at Putnamville.

Lemmon began his career as a recreation coordinator in 1976 at the Rockville Correctional Facility. He has served in various capacities within DOC during his 38-year career including Supervisor of Work Release Services, Assistant Superintendent of the Indiana Girls School, Regional Director of Adult Operations, Superintendent of the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility and Deputy Commissioner. Lemmon also served as interim DOC Commissioner on two occasions.

Commissioner Lemmon is a veteran having served his country in the United States Army and was honorably discharged as a Specialist 5. He is an auditor for the American Correctional Association (ACA), and he holds a membership with the American Correctional Association (ACA), Indiana Correctional Association (ICA) lifetime member, National Major Gang Task Force (NMGTF), and the Certified Correctional Executive (CCE). Lemmon received the IDOC’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009.

Lemmon earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana State University.

Chief of Staff

Randy Koester

 

Randy Koester is the Chief of Staff for the Indiana Department of Correction. In addition to directing the Department’s Legislative Affairs and Ethics Officers, Mr. Koester supervises the fiscal, human resources, construction services, research and technology, policies and procedures, payroll and PREA divisions.

He started with the Department as a Staff Attorney in 1991, and since that time has worked as the Agency’s Legislative Liaison, General Legal Counsel, Director of Intergovernmental Relations, Executive Assistant to the Commissioner, Chief of Staff, Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Deputy Commissioner.

He began his legal career as a clerk and became a staff attorney with the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. He also worked for three years as a Deputy Attorney General, serving in the Criminal Appeals and Government Litigation Divisions in the Attorney General’s Office.

Randy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Corporate and Investment Finance from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business, and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law.

 

Deputy Commissioner

 

James Basinger

 

Deputy Commissioner James Basinger oversees the classification, adult operations, case management, programs and reentry divisions. Deputy Commissioner Basinger, a 20 year veteran with the Department, previously served as the Executive Director of Adult Operations. He began his career with the Indiana Department of Correction on December 21, 1991 at the Bloomington Work Release Center as a Correctional Officer. He transferred to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF) in the summer of 1992.

Mr. Basinger held various custody positions while at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility from Officer to Major, also serving as the Emergency Squad Commander for 7 years. He has been a Firearms Instructor, CPR/First Aid Instructor, Training Officer and Staff Development Training Coordinator at WVCF.  He is also a graduate of the first Emerging and Experienced Leadership Program. 

Mr. Basinger held the position of Major at the Putnamville Correctional Facility from 2000 until 2003. He was promoted to Asst. Superintendent February 2009 at WVCF then promoted to Superintendent October 2009 at WVCF.

In April 2009, Mr. Basinger retired as Command Sergeant Major with the 76th Brigade of the Indiana National Guard after 25 years of service, beginning as a United States Marine. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and a third tour as the 76th Brigade’s Rear Detachment Command Sergeant Major.

 

Deputy Commissioner of Re-Entry

 

Deputy Commissioner of Re-Entry, Julie Lanham has over 25 years of experience in executive level positions in the criminal justice field.

After completing her degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University she moved through the developmental positions as a probation officer to an Executive Director of Marion County Community Corrections (Indianapolis, Indiana) for 11 years. Following that tenure, she owned her own consulting company that interfaced with privatized prison and jail leadership, where she utilized her broad expertise at the county, state, and federal levels to evaluate and audit the effectiveness of facility operations, complaints and re-entry programs.

Julie was recruited to serve as the Deputy Commissioner of Re-Entry Programs for the Indiana Department of Corrections from 2005 to 2007. Julie was then recruited to serve as Territory Manager for a Dallas based company that provides diversified technology and security solutions for correctional facilities across the country. She was asked to rejoin IDOC IN 2011 with the advent of sentencing reform and has served in the capacity of Executive Director and Deputy Commissioner of Re-Entry since that time.

 

Chief of Communications

 

Douglas S. Garrison

 

Douglas S. Garrison serves as the Communications Chief for the Indiana Department of Correction. As a member of the Executive Staff, Garrison acts as the spokesperson for the Agency, keeping the media and members of the public apprised of the significant events that transpire within the Department of Correction. Garrison is charged with the responsibility of enhancing the Department’s communications effectiveness, and using new technologies and improved communication methods to advance the public’s understanding of the great advances being made in correctional services within the State of Indiana.

Garrison comes to the Department with an extensive background in media and public relations, having spent the last 13 years of his 26 year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the Chief Division Counsel and public spokesperson for the Indianapolis Division of the FBI. As a member of the FBI’s Executive Management team, Doug provided advice and counsel in countless high-pressure command post situations, emergencies and investigative operations. During his career in Indianapolis, his public representation of the FBI helped establish strategic alliances across a broad spectrum of the Indianapolis business, educational, political, public safety and legal communities. After retiring from the FBI at the end of 2003, Garrison went on to head the award-winning Investigative Team (ITEAM) at WISHTV in Indianapolis from 2004 until May of 2007. As the leader of a five member team of experienced investigative journalists, Garrison’s efforts helped expose fraud, criminality, inefficiency and waste in government, and private and public programs.

Garrison received his Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) from the University of Wisconsin in 1975, where he studied Political Science, Philosophy and History. He went on to earn his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from Indiana University in 1978. Garrison is admitted to the practice of law in Indiana.

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

Grant Knies

Grant Knies serves as the Department’s Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Knies oversees procurement, accounts payable, accounts receivable, finance, and budgeting for the Department.

He began his career in state government in 2006, as an Internal Auditor for the Indiana Department of Transportation.  He has since served in variety of fiscal positions, including Budget Analyst with the State Budget Agency, Controller with the Indiana State Department of Health, and, most recently, Controller with the Indiana Department of Correction.

Grant has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Business Economics and Public Policy from Indiana University's Kelly School of Business in Bloomington, IN and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Ball State's Miller College of Business.

 

Chief Counsel

 

Robert Bugher

 

Robert Bugher has served in the capacity of Chief Counsel since June 2000. Mr. Bugher has also served as Staff Counsel for the Department since his original hire in April 1995. Before joining the Department, Mr. Bugher spent three years as a private attorney at Brown and Nelson in Indianapolis. Other significant legal experience includes over four years in the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, both in the capacity of a Law Clerk and Deputy Attorney General. He also spent two years as an Associate Planner in the Office of the Columbus Planning Department located in Columbus, Indiana.

Mr. Bugher has several degrees that include a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the Indiana University School of Law (1991), a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (1985) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Purdue University (1982).

  Director for the Division of Youth Services

Christine Blessinger

Christine Blessinger serves as the Executive Director for the Division of Youth Services. Chris oversees all areas of the juvenile division to include; operations, case management, programs and re-entry. Chris began her career working for the Department of Correction in 2000 as a Psychiatric Social Service Specialist III at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility.  She served as a Program Director 2 and was promoted to Program Director 1 at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility.  Chris was then promoted to Program Director/Assistant Director of the Division in 2008 where she was the State Coordinator for Performance Based Standards (PbS) and Community based Standards (CbS).  She was also responsible or program implementation, Comprehensive Case Management and re-entry services before being promoted to the Chief Operations Director of the Division in 2014.  Chris is a member of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) and a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA).  Chris is also a certified PREA auditor for juvenile facilities. Prior to working in corrections, Chris held positions of Youth Care Worker, Youth Manager and Case Manager at the Henry County Youth Center.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Indiana State University.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

 

Nancy Riley, Executive Director Staff Development and Training

Mrs. Riley began her career in criminal justice in May 1995 at Madison County Juvenile Center.  In 1999, she joined the Department of Correction as a Correctional Training Officer.  She has continued to work her way through the ranks until accepting Executive Director, Staff Development and Training in January 2013 and is also responsible for Strategic Plan and Focus Groups for the Department.  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and her Master’s Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Levenhagen, Executive Director of Mental Health and Special Populations. 

Director Mark Levenhagen currently oversees the delivery of mental health, sex offender and substance abuse services for the Department of Correction.  Prior to accepting this position in June of 2014, he was responsible for managing the state’s largest correctional institution at Westville (850 staff and 3,400 offenders). 

He was responsible for the formulation of all operating and security functions at that facility.  His career in corrections began thirty years ago at the Westville Correctional Facility. He has served in numerous positions in medium, maximum and super maximum security.  Mark has served as a Counselor, Behavioral Clinician, Administrative Assistant, Unit Manager, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent at both the Indiana State Prison and the Westville Correctional Facility 

Director Levenhagen holds a Batchelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University.  Mark was recognized by the Indiana Criminal Justice Association as “Correctional Manager of the Year,” in 2012. He regularly speaks to community organizations and universities regarding hot topics in corrections (mental health, education, death penalty, sentencing laws etc.) in today’s world.

Mark and his wife Kelly have been married thirty one years and they have two children.

 

 

 

Bryan Pearson, PREA Coordinator

Director Bryan Pearson is the PREA Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Correction and is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing the agency's plan to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards and agency's Sexual Assault Prevention policy and procedures.  Additional duties include ensuring all 25 facilities are prepared for and successfully complete Certified PREA audits. 

 

Bryan began his career 21-year career as a Release Coordinator at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility then quickly rose through to Superintendent, Operational Director of Mental Health, Classification Analyst as he served at several facilities including Henryville Correctional Facility, Atterbury Correctional Facility, Putnamville Correctional Facility, Edinburgh Correctional Facility and Central Office.  

Director Peason served two years in the U.S. Army as a Military Police and holds a BS and Masters Degree in Criminal Justice and is a certified DOJ PREA Auditor.

 

 

 

 

Micheal Osburn, Executive Director of Adult Facilities and Inspector General/Public Safety Liaison

Michael J. Osburn serves as the Executive Director of Adult Facilities and Inspector General/Public Safety Liaison for the Indiana Department of Correction. He oversees the adult female facilities and GEO-operated facilities.

Executive Director Osburn began his career with the Department in 1986 as a Correctional Officer at the Plainfield Correctional Facility and has held every custody positions from Officer to Major.  Mr. Osburn also served at the Director of Staff Development and Training at Plainfield Correctional Facility, Assistant Superintendent at Miami Correctional Facility, and Superintendent at Putnamville Correctional Facility. He has also held every position on the IDOC Emergency Squad and was the first Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) Commander.

Mr. Osburn has over 40 years of dedicated military service with both the United States Army and the National Guard and currently holds the rank of Brigadier General in the Army National Guard and is Commander of the 81st Troop Command. Osburn served a tour of duty in Afghanistan as Commander of the Agribusiness Development Team with the Indiana National Guard.

Mr. Osburn earned a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Management from Oakland City University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.