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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.

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

Andrew Pritchard

Andrew Pritchard serves as the Department’s Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to accepting the position with the Department, he served as President of Dayspring Development, LLC , a real estate investment and development company located in Indianapolis, IN where he was recognized with the 2008 Forestry Stewardship Award by the Hoosier Heartland RC&D.

He began his professional career in commercial banking, first with Indiana National Bank and then as Senior Vice President of Summit Bank. While at Summit, he was a member of the Executive Management Committee and responsible for all commercial lending.

Andy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Franklin College in Franklin, IN and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University's Kelly School 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).

Executive Director of Youth Services

Michael Dempsey

Michael Dempsey serves Executive Director of the IDOC’s Division of Youth Services in May 2009. Mr. Dempsey began his assignment with the Indiana Department of Correction as Superintendent of the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility in June 2006. Prior to moving to Indiana, Mr. Dempsey served as the Superintendent of the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex for approximately two and a half years. He began his career in corrections with the Missouri Department of Corrections, starting as a Corrections Officer at the Missouri State Penitentiary in 1985. Since that time, Mr. Dempsey has held positions as a Correctional Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Major. He has also held positions as Correctional Training Officer, Internal Affairs Investigator, Assistant Superintendent and Associate Superintendent.

Mr. Dempsey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration and Criminal Justice and has been actively involved with the American Correctional Association (ACA) as a member and certified auditor. He has also been involved with the Counsel of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, working with the performance-based standards which are now being implemented in all IDOC Juvenile Correctional Facilities.

Executive Directors

Tom Hanlon

Tom Hanlon serves as Executive Director of Adult Facilities and is responsible for oversight of day to day operations at each of of Indiana's 16 adult male correctional facilities.

Executive Director Hanlon has been with the Department for over 40 years, serving as Superintendent of the Girls' School, Putnamville Correctional Facility, Reception Diagnostic Center, Correctional Industrial Facility and as Deputy Commissioner for Programs and Community Services. He is a graduate of DePauw University.

Michael Osburn

Michael J. Osburn serves as the 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 38 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.

Richard Curry

Richard L. Curry, Jr. started his career with the Indiana Department of Correction in June 1992 as a correctional officer at the Plainfield Correctional Facility. After promoting through the ranks to Correctional Major he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent at the Putnamville Correctional Facility. In December 2006, Richard was appointed as the Superintendent of the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Richard’s background in corrections is numerous and includes instructor qualifications in leadership, emergency response operations, thinking for a change, dealing with youth incarcerated as adults, cultural competency and cultural diversity.

Richard is very active in his community as well. He serves as Senior Pastor the True Tried Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis, and participates in various community activities to assist in the repair of the troubled north-side community. In addition, Richard also served in the United States Army for 13 years, participating in Desert Shield/Storm.

Richard’s has attended Vincennes University, Vincennes Indiana, majoring in Criminal Justice. He has also attended Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Trinity Bible College, Newburgh, Indiana majoring in pastoral ministry and religious studies. In 2006, he graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. In 2009, Richard graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Master’s Degree in Leadership.

Julie A. Lanham

Julie Lanham serves as the Executive Director of Case Management and Reentry Initiatives. She 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 eleven 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 served on the transition committee for Governor-Elect Mitch Daniels and was ultimately asked to serve as the Deputy Commissioner of Reentry 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.

Aaron Garner

Aaron Garner serves as Executive Director of Research and Technology. Mr. Garner joined the Indiana Department of Correction as a Research Analyst within the Research and Planning Division in July 2006.

Since joining the Indiana Department of Correction, Aaron graduated from the first Experienced and Emerging Leader’s Program. He has also served as a Team Leader for the Department’s Leadership Academy since its inception.

Aaron earned a Master’s degree in Criminology from Indiana State University (2006), and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University (2002).

Jerry Vance

Gerald “Jerry” Vance serves as the Indiana Department of Correction’s Executive Director of Programs. Executive Director Vance is responsible for providing broad oversight and coordination of credit-time generating programs, including addiction recovery programs, education services, cognitive behavioral programs, and faith-based programs and services. Jerry also directs other services, including offender case management, transitional programs, the sex offender management and monitoring program and volunteer services.

Jerry’s in-depth knowledge of rehabilitative programs along with his 21 years of experience with the Department makes him superbly suited to direct the kinds of refinements to the Department’s programming that will make our Agency stand out among the finest in the nation. He has been in the social services field for over 30 years. He possesses a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Ball State University, and is Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Indiana.

Bryan Pearson

Bryan Pearson currently serves the Indiana Department of Correction as the Executive Director of PREA Compliance. Executive Director Pearson coordinates the Department’s sexual assault prevention program and monitors compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act and Department of Justice PREA Standards at all adult and juvenile facilities.  He is a Certified PREA Auditor with the Department of Justice.

Bryan has held several leadership positions during his career that began in 1994. His most recent positions have been as Superintendent of the Edinburgh Correctional Facility, Operational Director of Mental Health Services and a Classification Program Director. He has also been the ACA accreditation manager and facility policy coordinator at three different facilities providing him with extensive knowledge of all aspects of IDOC operations and programs.  He completed the inaugural Emerging and Experienced Leadership program in 2008 as well as NIC leadership programs.

Bryan is a member of the American Correctional Association and Indiana Criminal Justice Association. He was elected to the ICJA Board as the Southern and Central Region Director between 2009 and 2011. He has also been a member of NAMI, NAAWS and IACCAC. Bryan received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1989 and 1991 majoring in Criminal Justice. He has also served in the United States Army as a Military Policeman.

Jack Hendrix

Jack Hendrix serves as the Executive Director of Classification for the Indiana Department of Correction.  In addition to supervising the Agency Classification Division, he also supervises the IDOC Offender Release Division, IDOC Offender Movement and Support Services and IDOC Offender Records Division.

Mr. Hendrix began his career with the Indiana Department of Correction in 1986 as a Correctional Officer at the Putnamville Correctional Facility.  Since that time,  he has served in a variety of positions such as Correctional Counselor, Supervisor of Classification, Program Director, Unit Team Manager and Assistant Superintendent (Offender Programming & Re-Entry Services and Adult Operations). In addition to these positions, Mr. Hendrix has been chosen to serve on a wide variety of Agency level committees in each of his assignment areas.  Mr. Hendrix was selected as a founding board member of the Correctional Professional Assistance Fund of Indiana, where he continues to serve in the capacity of CPAFI Vice Chairman.  Prior to his promotion to his current position, Mr. Hendrix has enjoyed professional experiences at the Putnamville Correctional Facility, Branchville Correctional Facility and Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.

Mr. Hendrix earned multiple degrees in Criminology from Indiana State University, College of Arts and Sciences. Throughout his career, Mr. Hendrix has been an active member of the Indiana Criminal Justice Association, holding numerous committee chair positions and elected offices, including ICJA President and Board Chair. Jack continues to remain very active in a variety of faith-based, professional and civic organizations.

Eddy Ortiz  

Eddy Ortiz serves as the Executive Director of Human Resources for the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC). Director Ortiz supports and oversees all of the HR field staff that are embedded within the IDOC facilities; in addition, he develops and implements the divisions HR Strategic planning. He is responsible for serving as a liaison between IDOC and the State Personnel Department for the purpose of coordinating guidance and counsel to the State agency and facilities on employee relations; Federal and State laws, policies, and procedures involving employee relations; affirmative action; equal employment opportunity; and Americans with Disabilities Act.

He joined the State of Indiana and IDOC in October 2013. With over 12 years of business experience including over nine years dedicated to the field of Human Resources, he has been able to successfully lead staffing teams and HR teams, as well support multi-site operations for companies, such as Overstock.com, Angie’s List, Ozburn-Hessey Logistics (H&M.com), NESCO Resources, among others. He has managed staffing operations with over $9 million in annual revenue, and he has been in charge of managing a $2.5 million payroll system.

In 2012, he was elected and served as the Director of Education and Certification for the Board of Directors at the Salt Lake City local chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). He has been a continuous member of SHRM since 2008, as well as an active member in their local chapters in Salt Lake City, Utah (2008 to 2012) and Indianapolis, Indiana (HRPDA) since 2012. He has been certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) since 2010.