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Executive and Senior Staff

Steven Harpe


The ODOC Director oversees all aspects of agency operations and policy. The Chief Financial Officer, Chief of Operations, Chief of Strategic Engagement, Inspector General, General Counsel, Chief Medical Officer, and Administrator of Special Operations report to the agency Director. The Director is an appointee of the Governor of the State of Oklahoma.

Executive Staff

Justin Farris

Chief of Operations

The Chief of Operations oversees a broad swathe of ODOC functions and acts as a reviewer and adviser to the Director. The Chief of Operations has responsibility over day-to-day operations at all state facilities and security, which includes the Division of Institutions, who directs the agency’s 17 state-run facilities, classification and population, and sentence administration. The Chief of Operations also oversees the Director of Community Corrections, who directs Community Corrections, Probation & Parole Services, and contract services. COO also oversees Fleet Management; Quartermaster; Property & Leases; and Construction & Maintenance.

Mike Carpenter

Chief of Technical Services

The Chief of Technical Services (CTS) is responsible for the maintenance of existing technology. The CTS also works with the department in implementing the modernization of technical equipment and systems. This assists the department in staying in alignment and in reaching the department’s goals. The units under the prevue of the CTS maintain the architecture, hardware, software and networking of computers in the agency. They also maintain and install all the physical security systems and communications devices used by the department.

Ashlee Clemmons

Chief Financial Officer

The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the agency, including the development of a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve the agency’s assets and report accurate financial results.

Millicent Newton-Embry

Chief of Strategic Engagement

The Chief of Strategic Engagement is a conduit between ODOC, criminal justice-related organizations, and the public. This position supervises Programs, Training, Professional Development, Recruitment and Retention and Community Outreach to accurately, cohesively, and strategically convey the agency’s message. This team hosts events to inform the public and policy makers on ODOC’s role in public safety.  The Chief of Strategic Engagement also oversees Training and the Cadet Academy.

David Stenhouse

Quality Assurance

The Office of Quality Assurance ensures that processes and operations within ODOC are being conducted in accordance with the applicable laws, requirements, standards, policies and procedures, and are as efficient as possible. This is accomplished through a review and audit process, and with the recommendation of corrective and preventative actions. This unit plays a crucial role in the agency by ensuring that activity and processes provided and outlined meet certain thresholds while also working to improve the agency’s efficiency by reducing inefficient and unnecessary processes.

Senior Staff

Kathi Sappington

Staffing Analysis

Ross Fisher, M.D.

Health Services

The Chief Medial officer oversees Medical Services, Mental Health Services, and Dental Services. The Medical Services unit provides direct medical care to over twenty thousand incarcerated inmates and oversees the medical care of DOC inmates housed in private prisons. Mental Health services are provided by a staff of professional psychiatrists, advance practice psychiatric nurses, psychologists, social workers, and master’s level psychological clinicians. Dental services are provided to all inmates by licensed dental professionals including dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants in twenty clinics at seventeen state-run facilities and monitored at private prisons throughout the state.

Ted Woodhead

Inspector General

The Inspector General serves as ODOC’s chief law enforcement officer, managing, directing and supervising Investigations, Criminal Interdiction, Intelligence, Fugitive Apprehensions and Law Enforcement Communications. The IG also advises ODOC’s Director and provides analysis on security threats and inmate illegal activity intelligence. The Inspector General also liaises with other local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Kari Hawkins

General Counsel

ODOC's General Counsel advises and represents the Director, Oklahoma Board of Corrections, and ODOC administrators on all legal matters pertaining to the agency, its staff and inmates, including litigation, personnel, operations, contracts and policy. The General Counsel oversees ODOC's Legal Division, which includes the agency's Assistant General Counsels, associated support staff, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Coordinator and the Administrative Review Authority.

Josh Johnson

Special Operations

The Special Operations Unit oversees Emergency Services and Special Response Teams. Emergency Services provides support to the agency during inclement weather, utility failures, and major disasters. Emergency response teams are comprised of the agency's Crisis and Hostage Negotiations Team, Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Rave Communications Systems, and Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).

Last Modified on Oct 27, 2022