Eric Qualls, Warden
Eric Qualls was appointed Warden at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex on November 18, 2013. He is a 30-year veteran of the Tennessee Department of Correction. Mr. Qualls began his career as a correctional officer at the Fort Pillow Prison and Farm in 1982, where he held various positions within the security ranks.
In 1985, he transferred to the Middle Tennessee Reception Center where he served as corporal, transportation officer and sergeant before being appointed as the Statewide Security Threat Group Coordinator in 1999. In 2005, he was assigned to the Compliance and Accreditation section in Central Office. He most recently served as Acting Director of Compliance and Accreditation and Warden at the Charles Bass Correctional Complex.
Mr. Qualls attended Volunteer State Community College and Tennessee State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He also participated in the Leadership TDOC Program and the LEAD Tennessee Leadership Program.
James M. Holloway, Warden
James M. "Mike" Holloway was appointed Warden of the Charles Bass Correctional Complex on November 18, 2013. He previously served as Acting Deputy Warden at the Northwest Correctional Complex.
Warden Holloway began his career with the Department of Correction in 1989 as an accountant and was promoted to health administrator, associate warden of administration and fiscal director.
Warden Holloway holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Union University. He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree. He is married and has two children.
Michael Donahue, Warden
Michael Donahue was named Warden at CCA's Hardeman County Correctional Center in November 2012. He had served as Warden at the West Tennessee Detention Facility since December of 2010. Donahue joined CCA in 2009 as an Assistant Warden at the Florence Correctional Center and then transferred to Red Rock Correctional Facility.
Before joining CCA, Donahue worked for the Connecticut Department of Correction where he started as a correctional officer and held several management positions, including warden and lead warden. He retired from the State of Connecticut after 23 years of service.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of New Haven and attended the Mercer University School of Law.
Bruce Westbrooks, Warden
Bruce Westbrooks, a 27-year veteran of the Tennessee Department of Correction, was appointed Warden at the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility on May 28, 2013. Westbrooks previously held the position of Warden at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex.
Mr. Westbrooks began his career as a correctional officer at the Turney Center Industrial Complex in 1986, where he held various positions within the security ranks and served as the institutional internal affairs liaison. In 1996, with the advent of the statewide Internal Affairs Division, he was appointed internal affairs supervisor before being appointed Associate Warden of Operations at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. He continued at WTSP as deputy warden and warden until his transfer in 2003 to the Wayne County Boot Camp in Clifton. He also served as Deputy Warden of the Turney Center Industrial Complex when it merged with the Wayne County Boot Camp in 2008.
Mr. Westbrooks attended The University of Tennessee Martin and Middle Tennessee State University where he studied secondary education. He also participated in the LEAD Tennessee Leadership Program.
David A. Sexton, Warden
David A. Sexton, a 33-year veteran of the Tennessee Department of Correction, was appointed Warden at the Morgan County Correctional Complex on June 3, 2013. He previously served as Warden at the Northeast Correctional Complex.
Warden Sexton began his career in corrections in 1979 as a correctional officer at Brushy Mountain State Prison in Petros, Tennessee. He worked his way through the ranks as a corporal, sergeant, captain, unit manager, operations manager, associate warden and deputy warden. He has served as associate warden and deputy warden at other facilities. Throughout his career, Warden Sexton has worked at Brushy Mountain State Prison, Morgan County Correctional Complex, Carter County Work Camp and Northeast Correctional Complex.
Warden Sexton is married with three daughters and attended Roane State College.
Gerald McAllister, Warden
Gerald McAllister was appointed Warden of the Northeast Correctional Complex on April 1, 2014. He began his career with the Tennessee Department of Correction in March 1985 as a Correctional Officer at DeBerry Correctional Institute (DCI). He has held various positions throughout his correctional career in areas of security, treatment, and administration.
In 1996, he left TDOC to work for Rutherford County Sheriff's Department as a Detention Center Deputy. During his employment with Rutherford County, Mr. McAllister advanced through the ranks to serve as Assistant Jail Administrator before returning to TDOC.
On August 25, 2011, Mr. McAllister was transferred to the Office of Investigations and Compliance where he was tasked with restructuring all statewide tactical programs and emergency response protocols for the agency. He assisted in the design and development of the Special Operations Unit based in Nashville.
On September 1, 2012, Mr. McAllister was appointed as Superintendent of the Tennessee Correction Academy where he reengineered system processes to advance agency training initiatives. Under his leadership, the Academy received POST certification on October 18, 2013. This was a monumental benchmark established by Commissioner Derrick Schofield in order to heighten training standards for staff development and agency safety.
Mr. McAllister graduated from the Tennessee Department of Correction's Leaders Envisioning and Advancing Direction (LEAD) program in 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Organizational Development, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Bethel University.
Henry Steward, Warden
Henry Steward was appointed Warden of the Northwest Correctional Complex on September 1, 2011. He had held the position of Warden at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary.
Steward began his career with the State of Tennessee in 1986 as a correctional officer at Fort Pillow Prison and Farm. Warden Steward advanced through the ranks from corporal to captain and served as a unit manager, associate warden of operations and deputy warden.
Warden Henry Steward holds an associate's degree in Criminal Justice from Dyersburg State Community College. Steward is married and has four children.
Wayne Carpenter, Warden
Wayne Carpenter was appointed Warden at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution on May 6, 2013. He formerly held the position of Warden at the Turney Center Industrial Complex.
Carpenter began his correctional career in 1978. He has served as an Associate Warden at Fort Pillow Prison and Farm, Wayne County Work Camp, Morgan County Correctional Complex and West Tennessee State Penitentiary.
In 1999, he was named Fiscal Director at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary and later became Deputy Warden. Carpenter also previously served as Acting Warden at Northwest Correctional Complex and Turney Center Industrial Complex.
Warden Carpenter holds an Associate's Degree from the Dyersburg State Community College and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Managmeent from the University of Memphis.
Arvil "Butch" Chapman, Warden
Arvil "Butch" Chapman was named Warden of the South Central Correctional Facility in June 2011.
Chapman is a Certified Correctional Executive with 28 years of corrections experience. He is returning to a facility where his career in corrections with CCA began.
Warden Chapman joined CCA at South Central in 1993 as a correctional officer and was promoted twice, first to sergeant and second to unit manager, before leaving the facility in 2002 to serve as an Assistant Warden at a CCA operated facility in Memphis.
After just a few years of serving as an Assistant Warden at CCA facilities in Memphis and St. Mary, KY, Chapman accepted the opportunity to be a warden. He has served in that capacity in three CCA facilities over the past six years.
Chapman and his wife Christine have three children. He is an active member of Rotary International.
Vicki Freeman, Warden
Vicki Freeman was appointed Warden of the Tennessee Prison for Women on November 1, 2013. Warden Freeman has 23 years of service with the Department. The warden began her career as a correctional officer, later promoting to the positions of counselor, unit manager and associate warden of operations.
Warden Freeman is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. She is currently furthering her career through Command College with Tennessee State University.
Debra K. Johnson, Warden
Debra K. Johnson was appointed Warden of the Turney Center Industrial Complex on May 13, 2013. She formerly held the position of Warden at the Tennessee Prison for Women. Warden Johnson has served in various leadership roles with the Department of Correcton for over twenty years.
Prior to her appointment as warden, she served as Deputy Warden of the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility. Warden Johnson has a vast knowledge of the prison system having risen through the ranks from correctional officer to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, unit manager, deputy warden and warden.
Warden Johnson holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University and prides herself on hard work, dedication and open communication.
Brenda Jones, Warden
Brenda Faye Jones was appointed Warden of the West Tennessee State Penitentiary on April 1, 2014. She previously served as Warden at the Mark H. Luttrell Correctional Center and Deputy Warden at the Northwest Correctional Complex.
Ms. Jones is a 31-year veteran of the Tennessee Department of Correction. She began her career as a correctional officer at the Lake County Regional Prison where she held various positions such as corporal, inmate relations coordinator, counselor, unit manager, associate warden of operations and deputy warden.
Warden Jones holds an Associate's Degree in Data Processing with a minor in Business from Dyersburg State Community College.
Cherry Lindamood, Warden
Cherry Lindamood was appointed warden at Corrections Corporation of America's Whiteville Correctional Facility in Whiteville, Tennessee in June 2011. Most recently, Lindamood served as warden at CCA's South Central Correctional Facility in Clifton, Tennessee from June 2005 until June 2011. She previously served as associate warden at the Whiteville facility from May 2004 until June 2005.
Cherry Lindamood served as the warden for the state's largest women's prison (Tennessee Prison for Women) from summer of 2001 until 2004. Her career with the state Department of Correction spanned more than eighteen years.
Warden Lindamood graduated from Murray State University in 1979 with a Bachelor's degree in Science. She initially went to work for the Department of Human Services, but by 1989, she had made her move to corrections as a counselor at the Lake County Correctional Facility.
During her time in West Tennessee, Lindamood worked her way up to unit manager, associate warden and eventually deputy warden for Northwest Correctional Complex. Lindamood is married with two children.