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Indiana Department of Correction

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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.

Deputy Commissioner of Re-Entry Julie Lanham

Deputy Commissioner of Re-Entry Julie Lanham 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.

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

Grant Knies

Grant Knies serves as the Department’s Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Knies oversees procurement, accounts payable, accounts receivable, finance, and budgeting for the Department.

He began his career in state government in 2006, as an Internal Auditor for the Indiana Department of Transportation.  He has since served in variety of fiscal positions, including Budget Analyst with the State Budget Agency, Controller with the Indiana State Department of Health, and, most recently, Controller with the Indiana Department of Correction.

Grant has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Business Economics and Public Policy from Indiana University's Kelly School of Business in Bloomington, IN and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Ball State's Miller College 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).

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