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Kentucky State Penitentiary Warden Retiring

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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.

News Director Dan Modlin is a native of Indiana who grew up in a broadcasting family. A graduate of Ball State University, he worked for several years in the news network business in the Midwest, specializing in agricultural and political coverage, before coming to WKU Public Radio. His reports have earned numerous national and state awards for documentary production, public affairs reporting, and enterprise reporting.
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