One Caldwell County resident will replace another as warden of Western Kentucky Correction Complex in Lyon County.

Kentucky Department of Corrections Commissioner Cookie Crews on Friday announced that Bobbi Jo Butts of Fredonia has been named warden of the 700-inmate medium security lockup. Tim Lane of Princeton is retiring Aug. 1 for the position he has held for the last three years.

Butts has served as deputy warden at Green River Correctional Complex since 2018. She began her career with the department in February 2010 as a correctional officer at WKCC.

She has held the position of accountant, classification and treatment officer, unit administrator and in 2014, she participated in a staff rotation at the Kentucky State Penitentiary (KSP). In 2015 she was instrumental in the conversion of the Ross-Cash Center to a separate institution and the conversion back to a unit at WKCC.

Butts has overseen a multitude of programs and served as WKCC’s Kentucky Offender Management System liaison, public information officer and the Ross-Cash grievance coordinator. She has also served as a member of the WKCC Crisis Negotiation Team.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from Mid-Continent University.

Lane, a U.S. Air Force veteran, has served as the warden of WKCC since July 2017. He began a distinguished career with the Department of Corrections in 1995 as a correctional officer at WKCC and was promoted through the ranks, holding positions at KSP, Ross-Cash Center and WKCC.