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Deputy Director Region 2

Doug Simmons | Deputy Director Region 2

Doug Simmons was named Deputy Director of Region 2 at the Illinois Department of Corrections on August 1, 2019. Simmons oversees the operation of nine adult correctional centers, three work camps, an impact incarceration program and the Graham Reception and Classification Center. Prior to his most recent appointment, he served as Warden of Graham Correctional Center.

Simmons began his career with the Department of Corrections on December 19, 1994 as a Correctional Officer at Logan Correctional Center. During his tenure, he served as the facility’s training instructor and conducted annual training for all employees at the facility. Simmons was an active member of the Logan Tactical Unit and Statewide Tactical Unit. He was selected as an original member of the Illinois Department of Corrections Honor Guard where he served as Statewide Commander from 1997 to 1999. Simmons promoted to Correctional Captain in 1999 and supervised Training Academy instructors, regional training for the Department, and daily cadet operations and training.

In 2001, Simmons transferred to Taylorville Correctional Center where he served as a Shift Commander and Correctional Lieutenant through 2007. In this capacity, Simmons managed two shifts and provided supervision over the facility Tactical Unit as the Tactical Commander. In September 2007, Simmons promoted to Major at Logan Correctional Center where he supervised the day shift. He also facilitated, in coordination with the Transfer Coordinator’s Office, the agency’s transportation pad, supervising hundreds of offender transfers on a weekly basis. In 2013, Simmons returned to Taylorville Correctional Center and assumed the role of Shift Supervisor where he remained until promoting to the Assistant Warden of Operations at Graham Correctional Center in October 2014. Simmons supervised the Operations Division of the facility until promoting to Warden at Jacksonville Correctional Center in April 2016. Simmons was the Chief Administrative Officer at Jacksonville until January 2019 when he returned to Graham Correctional Center to supervise the medium-security facility and its 440-bed Reception and Classification Center.