Randy Pfister | Deputy Director Northern District
Randy Pfister was named Deputy Director of the Northern District for the Illinois Department of Corrections on March 1st, 2018. In this position, he oversees the operation of the Northern District which includes Adult Correctional Centers and Adult Transition Centers within the Northern region, as well as the Northern Reception & Classification Center. Prior to his most recent appointment, he served as Warden at the Stateville Correctional Center.
A veteran of the Illinois Department of Corrections, he began his career as a Correctional Officer in 1981 at the Pontiac Correctional Center. He promoted to Correctional Sergeant in February of 1985 and then to Correctional Lieutenant in November of 1985. He again continued through the security ranks being assigned as Correctional Captain in 1988 and then Chief of Security in 1991. During his tenure, he served as an active member of the Tactical Unit and Statewide Emergency Response Team. He served as the Chairperson of the Segregation Manual Review committee, as well as was part of the Condemned Unit Procedure committee. Additionally, he was part of many other committees undergoing revisions with new practices, to include Non-Contact Visitation, IDOC Property Scanning Equipment, Videotape Monitor and Security Staff Post Descriptions.
He transferred to the Stateville Correctional Center in 1999 as a Unit Manager until July of 2000 when he was promoted to Assistant Warden of Operations at the Illinois Youth Center in Joliet. He then worked contractually for the IDOC with the Safer Foundation assisting offenders in Job Preparation throughout the state. He returned to the Stateville Correctional Center in 2009 as the Assistant Warden of Operations, then promoted to the Warden of the Pontiac Correctional Center in 2011. He once again returned to Stateville in 2015 to supervise the facility as Warden. In these capacities, he served on the Statewide Security Review Team, Level E Review Team, Commissary Committee and Video Visitation Committee. As Warden of Stateville, he was responsible for the overall operations of the Stateville facility, as well as the Northern Reception & Classification Center and the Minimum Security Unit. These facilities housed approximately 4,000 offenders and 1,200 employees. He managed an annual budget of $120 million.
Pfister started his career with the Department of Corrections after graduation from high school. He attended Heartland Community College in Bloomington, Illinois.