The wardens at both Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities in Lyon County have announced their retirements.
After a 25-year career with DOC, DeEdra Hart is retiring from Kentucky State Penitentiary (KSP) in Eddyville. Hart was the first female to serve as warden of the 134-year-old maximum security prison when she assumed the role in 2018.
She began her career with Corrections at Western Kentucky Correctional Complex (WKCC), just north of Eddyville, as a correctional officer in 1995. Previously, Hart was warden of Green River Correctional Complex from 2015 to 2018 and deputy warden of WKCC from 2012 to 2015.
The warden at KSP oversees more than 850 prisoners, including Kentucky’s death row, and almost 350 staff. The penitentiary has a $20 million annual operating budget..
Warden Tim Lane is also retiring from DOC after a quarter-century. The warden of WKCC since 2017, Lane began his career working as a correctional officer at the facility in 1995.
After working his way up through the security and program ranks, Lane was promoted to deputy warden at the Ross-Cash Center in Lyon County in 2015 and then to deputy warden at KSP in 2016. During his correctional career, Lane served 12 years on the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT).
A medium security facility, WKCC houses almost 700 inmates. The corrections center has a $10.7 million annual operation budget.
“We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Warden Hart and Warden Lane for their years of steadfast service and exemplary leadership in the Department of Corrections,” said Commissioner Cookie Crews. “We are searching for new wardens who will continue the tradition of excellence established by these wardens and their predecessors at these facilities.”
No date of official retirement or timeline for new hires was available.