Randy Davis | Deputy Director Southern District
Randy J. Davis was named deputy director of the Southern District for the Illinois Department of Corrections on July 1, 2014. In this position, he oversees the operations of all adult correctional centers within the southern region, which includes the Southern District Reception and Classification Center. Prior to his appointment as deputy director for the Southern District, he served as warden at Pinckneyville Correctional Center and Vienna Correctional Center.
Davis began his career in law enforcement as a probation officer in 1976 and became chief probation officer in 1978. He later joined corrections with the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a correctional officer in 1978. Davis was employed 28 years with the federal system and worked his way up from a correctional officer to deputy regional director. He served as warden in six federal institutions, ranging from minimum to super maximum to include the nation’s first super max prison in Marion, Ill., before retiring in 2005. During his employment with the federal system, Davis received numerous national awards to include the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence, FBI special recognition and three awards for public service issued through the Department of Justice.
After retiring from the federal prison system, he served as an instructor for several local colleges, primarily teaching courses in Incident Command, Citizen Emergency Response, After Action Reviews and Business Continuity. He continues to teach Emergency Management for the National Institute of Corrections, training professionals in incident command specific for corrections.
Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and graduate work in corrections management from Salve Regina University, New Port, R.I. He holds certificates in many National Incident Management System courses and is a trainer for ICS 300 and 400, CERT and Business Continuity.