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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, ODOC has partnered with Securus Technologies to provide inmates two free phone calls each week while visitation was suspended. With visitation reopening, these free phone calls will continue until April 15. After April 15, phone calls will still be permitted, subject to standard rates and policies.

Executive and Senior Staff

Scott Crow


The ODOC Director oversees all aspects of agency operations and policy. The Chief of Staff, 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

Mike Carpenter

Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff collaborates with agency divisions to assist the ODOC Director in accomplishing the agency’s mission and goals, by developing strategic long term and short term plans, defining major projects and developing standards for ODOC management operations. The Chief of Staff provides direct supervision to Auditing and Compliance, Asset Management, Property and Leases, Training, and Professional Development.

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 Director of Institutions, who directs the agency’s 17 state-run facilities, its academy, and canine unit. The Chief of Operations also oversees the Director of Community Corrections & Contract Services, who directs Community Corrections, Probation & Parole Services, and private prison contracts. Other units under the COO are Honor Guard, Information Technology, and Construction & Maintenance.

Millicent Newton-Embry

Ashlee Clemmons

Chief of Strategic Engagement

The Chief of Strategic Engagement is a conduit between ODOC, criminal justice-related organizations, and the public. This position supervises Communications, Government Relations 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, works with elected leaders to craft laws that improve the corrections’ system, and assists the public with navigating the complexities of the justice system and the agency. It also oversees Data Analytics, along with ODOC’s male and female assessment and reception centers; Classification and Population; Sex and Violent Offender Registration; Central Transportation and Medical Security Units; Sentence Administration; and Programs which includes Education, Program Development and Cognitive Behavioral Programs, Vocational Training, Intervention and Reentry Services, and Religious and Volunteer Services.

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.

Senior Staff

Tasha Parker

Kathi Sappington

David Stenhouse

Bruce Meyer, 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.

Gary Elliott

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, Fleet Management, and the Quartermaster. 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). Fleet Management oversees all vehicles for the agency and the Quartermaster manages all uniforms for correctional officers and support staff ensuring proper fit and inventory and quality control.

Last Modified on Apr 16, 2021