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Deputy Director Central District

Kess Roberson | Acting Deputy Director Central District

Kess Roberson was named Deputy Director of the Central District for the Illinois Department of Corrections on March 30, 2019. In this position, he oversees the operations of all adult correctional centers within the central region, as well as the Central District Reception and Classification Center.

A veteran employee of the Illinois Department of Corrections, Roberson began his career as a Youth Supervisor II at IYC-Harrisburg in November 1997. While at the facility, he served not only as Youth Supervisor, but as an Institutional Adjustment Committee Chairperson. In May 2007, Roberson was named Youth Supervisor of the Year for the Illinois Department of Corrections (Juvenile Division) and Officer of the Year for IYC- Harrisburg.

In September 2010, Roberson was named Assistant Warden of Programs at Illinois River Correctional Center. Later he promoted to Assistant Warden of Operations at Logan Correctional Center. In March 2013, Roberson was named Warden of Lincoln Correctional Center.

Roberson earned his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1997 and a Master’s of Science in Education in 2006, both from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.