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Executive Staff


Scott Crow

The ODOC Director oversees all aspects of agency operations and policy. The Chief of Staff, Chief of Financial Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief of Operations, Chief of Strategic Engagement, Inspector General, General Counsel, and Director of Health and Offender Services report to the agency Director. The Director is an appointee of the Governor of the State of Oklahoma.


Justin Farris
Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff collaborates with agency divisions to assist the ODOC Director in accomplishing the agency’s mission and goals, by developing strategic long term and short term plans, defining major projects and developing standards for ODOC management operations. The Chief of Staff provides direct supervision to Compliance, Data Quality and Analytics, Special Projects, Strategic Planning and Training units.

Mike Carpenter
Chief of Operations

The Chief of Operations oversees a broad swathe of ODOC functions and acts as a reviewer and adviser to the Director. The Chief of Operations has responsibility over day-to-day operations at all state facilities and security, which includes the Director of Institutions, who directs the agency’s 18 state-run facilities, its academy, canine unit and private prison contracts. The Chief of Operations also oversees the Director of Community Corrections, who directs Community Corrections and Probation & Parole Services.

Jessica Brown
Chief of Strategic Engagement

The Chief of Strategic Engagement is a conduit between ODOC, criminal justice-related organizations, and the public. This position supervises Communications, Government Relations and Community Outreach to accurately, cohesively, and strategically convey the agency’s message. This team hosts events to inform the public and policy makers on ODOC’s role in public safety, works with elected leaders to craft laws that improve the corrections’ system, and assists the public with navigating the complexities of the justice system and the agency.

Ashlee Clemmons
Chief Financial Officer

The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the agency, including the development of a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve the agency’s assets and report accurate financial results.

Millicent Newton-Embry
Director, Health and Offender Services

The Director of Offender Services oversees ODOC’s male and female assessment and reception centers; Classification and Population; Sex and Violent Offender Registration; Central Transportation and Medical Security Units and Sentence Administration; Rehabilitative Services, which includes Programs such as Education, Substance Abuse Treatment, Program Development and Cognitive Behavioral Programs, Vocational Training, Reentry, Grants, Religious services/Volunteer Services; Medical Services; and Mental Health Services.

Lester Neill
Chief Technology Officer

The information technology department within ODOC maintains the architecture, innovation, hardware, software and networking of computers in the agency. As IT professionals, CIO staff perform a variety of duties to ensure ODOC employees have full access to their computer systems. Professionals working in the department may be responsible for one or multiple areas of IT such as programming, website updates or technical support.

Gary Elliott
General Counsel

ODOC's General Counsel advises and represents the Director, Oklahoma Board of Corrections, and ODOC administrators on all legal matters pertaining to the agency, its staff and inmates, including litigation, personnel, operations, contracts and policy. The General Counsel oversees ODOC's Legal Division, which includes the agency's Assistant General Counsels, associated support staff, PREA Coordinator and the Administrative Review Authority.

Ted Woodhead
Inspector General

The Inspector General serves as ODOC’s chief law enforcement officer, managing, directing and supervising Investigations, Criminal Interdiction, Security Threats Intelligence, Fugitive Apprehensions and Law Enforcement Communications. The IG also advises ODOC’s Director and provides analysis on security threats and inmate illegal activity intelligence. The Inspector General also liaises with other local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.