Nikki Robinson | Chief Public Safety Officer
Nikki Robinson was appointed Chief Public Safety Officer on March 1, 2018. In her capacity, she will assist with the Director’s initiatives regarding the Crime Reduction Act, statewide Recidivism Reduction and the implementation of best correctional practices for staff. Chief Robinson will also provide oversight to the Transfer Coordinator’s Office and the Earned Sentence Credit Program; in addition, to overseeing the Agency’s Training Academy. Robinson previously served as the Northern Deputy Director of Operations within IDOC, since May 16, 2016. In this position, she oversaw the operations of all adult Correctional and Transitional Centers within the Northern Region, as well as, the Northern Reception and Classification Center.
A veteran employee of IDOC, she began her career as a Correctional Officer in 1994, at Stateville Correctional Center. In 1997, she became a Youth Supervisor II at Illinois Youth Center-Joliet, supervising male youths in a maximum facility. She later promoted to Resident Counselor at Westside Adult Transitional Center, overseeing men and women who were transitioning from prison back into their community by way of work release. In 1998, she promoted to a Pre-Start Agent in the Division of Adult Field Services, managing a caseload of men and women on parole in the community. She later transitioned to Senior Parole Agent within the Special Intensive Supervision Unit, overseeing high-profile men and women who required Intensive Parole Supervision.
In 2005, she was promoted to the first Parole Supervisor position of the Sex Offender Unit in the Northern region. In this position, she was tasked with the establishment and implementation of the specialized unit to enhance supervision of parolees convicted of sex offenses. After several years in this position, she promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Programs at Illinois Youth Center-Chicago, within the newly formed Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. In 2009, she transitioned back to IDOC to Fox Valley Adult Transitional Center in dual capacities, as an Assistant Center Supervisor and Chief of Security of the all-women facility.
In 2012, she was named Assistant Warden of Programs at Sheridan Correctional Center, the state’s largest therapeutic facility committed to substance abuse treatment for incarcerated men and one of the largest substance abuse treatment programs in the nation. In this capacity, she was responsible for complete oversight of programming. She later became Assistant Warden of Programs at the Northern Reception and Classification Center at Stateville Correctional Center, which functions as IDOC’s major adult male intake and processing unit for the entire agency. In 2014, she was appointed Warden of Sheridan Correctional Center.
Prior to her starting a career at IDOC, Robinson worked for the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Chief Robinson earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Kentucky State University and a Master Degree of Health Science from Governor’s State University.