Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Kimberly Potter-Blair today announced that Jessica Johnson has been selected as a program administrator in the Curriculum Branch of the Division of Corrections Training. Her new position was effective June 1.
“Jessica Johnson has a long history in training, both in the department and during her military service,” said Potter-Blair. “I know the experience and expertise she brings to this position will be invaluable.”
Johnson began her career with the Department of Corrections in 2012 as a correctional officer at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women (KCIW). She was then promoted to sergeant in June 2013. From 2014 to 2015 Johnson provided research, curriculum development and coordinated training when she was promoted to institutional training coordinator. She was promoted to a unit administrator in October 2015, where she also served as the KCIW Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) commander. In March 2016 she assumed the role of training coordinator/instructor at the Harold E. Black Training Center in LaGrange.
Johnson is a veteran of the United States Army National Guard. She received numerous medals during her military service, including an Army achievement medal and the National Defense Service Medal. She has served as an instructor for the use of firearms, Tasers, and controlled force during her corrections career. She is a member of the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD). Other noteworthy accomplishments include graduating from the I-LEAD program, participation in CERT from 2013 to present, and being a recipient of the 2013 Achievement Award for KCIW. Johnson obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Strayer University in 2014.