An Iraq war veteran with 16 years of experience with the Kentucky Department of Corrections has been tapped as the new warden at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville.
Green River Correctional Complex warden Randy White takes over from Phil Parker, who retired June 1 from his second stint at the maximum security facility in western Kentucky.
Parker initially retired in August 2002 after nine years as warden, but returned to the job in 2009.
White was awarded a Purple Heart after the vehicle he and fellow soldiers were riding in was destroyed by a roadside bomb while he was deployed with the Kentucky National Guard in Iraq.
White first joined the Department of Corrections in 1996 and worked his way up to warden at Green River in 2009.
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