WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed May 30, 2012
Warden Stepping Down at Kentucky State Penitentiary
The man who has led the Kentucky State Penitentiary for the past two and a half years is leaving his post at the end of the week. This will be the second time Philip W. Parker has retired from the position.
Two and a half years ago, Philip Parker came out of retirement to lead the state’s only maximum security prison. Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson says Parker came back to the post he had left in 2002 at a “critical juncture for the Department.” His latest retirement will take effect on Friday.
Randy White, who is currently the Green River Correctional Complex warden, has been promoted to the position Parker is leaving. A 16 year veteran of the Corrections Department, White has held positions at five Kentucky prisons. He is a decorated military veteran and a native of Wolfe County, Kentucky.
The Kentucky State Penitentiary is located in western Kentucky, at Eddyville.