Dwayne Clark speaks to the media after being named the next director of Louisville Metro Corrections
Dwayne Clark (left) speaks to the media after being named the next director of Louisville Metro Corrections. | Photo by Jeremy Chisenhall

Mark Bolton’s former chief of staff has been selected as his successor, as Dwayne Clark has been named the next director of Louisville Metro Corrections, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday.

“To call him a veteran corrections official would be an understatement,” Fischer said of Clark. “He brings years and years — a lifetime of experience — to this important position. A dedicated corrections professional with a heart as big as this city.”

Clark worked for the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections from 2004 to February 2019. He started as deputy director in 2004 and served as Bolton’s chief of staff from 2009-2019.

He retired from that position in February, but he’s making his retirement short-lived to return to the metro government and take this position following Bolton’s retirement in May.

As Bolton’s chief of staff, Clark was responsible for jail operations and security and served as the director when Bolton was away.

Before his time with LMDC, he worked for the state Department of Corrections in Illinois — his home state — for almost 25 years.

“I’m looking forward to working with the many hardworking men and women, and the senior leadership team, at metro corrections in maintaining a safe, clean and efficient jail environment,” Clark said.

Clark also said that he wants to maintain the national accreditation level of success that the department has achieved. LMDC has earned accreditation from the American Corrections Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care during Clark’s time on staff.

He also wants to improve Louisville Metro Corrections’ recruiting efforts and find ways to maintain staff members. Clark said he’s not sure of what he’ll do differently to improve recruiting or retention yet.

Because of his time away from the department, Clark said he’s not fully aware of the challenges he’s facing just yet, but he plans to assess the issues he’ll face as soon as possible.

“I am really confident that Dwayne Clark is the right person to lead this team and do this incredibly important work,” Fischer said.

Following Bolton’s retirement announcement in May, Eric Troutman has served as the interim director for Louisville Metro Corrections. Clark will not take the position until Aug. 1.

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