Fayette County

Former Blackburn warden named Fayette County jail director

Steve Haney has been named director of the Fayette County Detention Center. He is scheduled to begin on June 27.
Steve Haney has been named director of the Fayette County Detention Center. He is scheduled to begin on June 27. Lexington-Fayette government photo.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has named a longtime corrections administrator and former warden as the new director of the Fayette County Detention Center.

Steve Haney, who recently retired as warden at Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, had previously served as warden of Northpoint Training Center near Danville. Haney has 26 years of experience in corrections, according to a written release from the city.

If his appointment is approved by Lexington Urban County Council, Haney will begin June 27. His salary will be $106,041 a year. He replaces Rodney Ballard, who stepped down from the position in March when he was tapped to serve as commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

The city received 54 applications from people across the country. Community corrections has a budget of a little more than $34 million.

The council recently raised the starting salary for corrections officers to help address turnover at the jail. The starting salary for recruit officers is now $32,000 and increases to more than $34,000 upon graduation.

“Steve is well equipped to build on improvements we have made to the jail to make it safer and more efficient,” Gray said. “A well-run jail is essential to ensure the public safety of our community.”

Beth Musgrave: 859-231-3205, @HLCityhall

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