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Lemmon appointed IDOC commissioner

Friday, January 14, 2011

Bruce Lemmon
PUTNAMVILLE -- Putnamville Correctional Facility Superintendent Bruce Lemmon was named commissioner of the Indiana Department of Correction recently.

Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Lemmon's appointment Thursday.

"This is an awesome opportunity," Lemmon said. "I really appreciate the faith the commission and the governor have in me."

Lemmon began his career with the IDOC in 1976.

"I have really enjoyed my tenure at Putnamville," Lemmon said. "We have done great things with recycling and other initiatives that I'm very proud of."

Lemmon said he is looking forward to being able to help develop more programs that will assist inmates with reentry when they are released from prison.

"I'm very much in favor of anything that helps with reentry," Lemmon said. "The right substance abuse programs and sentencing practices will help reduce the DOC population."

Lemmon is excited about his new position and being involved with the IDOC on a larger level.

"I really like the direction (the IDOC) is taking," he said.

He said he is optimistic about pending legislation that will give judges the ability to impose "smarter sentences."

Lemmon has served in various capacities within IDOC. Before coming to Putnamville, he was the superintendent at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle. He has served as interim IDOC commissioner on two occasions and served in a number of leadership positions within the department during his 35-year career.

He is a certified correctional executive and a member of the American Correctional Association. Prior to joining IDOC, he served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged as a Specialist 5.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana State University and is a native of Clay County.

"Indiana's corrections system is now nationally recognized, so Bruce has a tall order to continue improving it," Daniels said. "But he's been a big part of the turnaround and has proven himself ready for the job."

The Indiana Department of Correction is composed of 21 adult facilities, six juvenile facilities, nine parole districts, 74 community corrections counties and a central administrative office. IDOC employs 7,800 people across the state and has 28,000 offenders currently incarcerated in its facilities.

Lemmon's appointment is effective Jan. 17. He will replace Edwin G. Buss.

Lemmon's replacement at Putnamville has not been named.

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I don't think Bruce is a native of Clay County, maybe he was, but he graduated from Garfield in '68. He does however reside in Brazil now.

Bruce was a great superintendent at Putnamville. Employees could actually talk to him and not go through the hoops to do it. He always took care of any problem I had.

Thanks Bruce and I hope we can stay in contact.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Sat, Jan 15, 2011, at 8:38 AM

Dagnabbitt - I've never worked in corrections, what I'm commenting on is leadership in general in response to your comment.

What leader worth their salt is inaccessible to those they are leading? I was trained to take care of the people and they would accomplish the mission that we had planned. The leader may set the ultimate goal, but without the people having input they have an impression that it is the leader's goal and not theirs. When they have a say in it, they own it, too.

Congratulations on the promotion and a big "thank you" to Bruce for his dedication.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Jan 15, 2011, at 11:18 AM

great things happens to great people. congratulations Bruce

-- Posted by rjhos on Sat, Jan 15, 2011, at 10:40 PM

Best wishes for continued success, Bruce!!!

-- Posted by brazilbooster on Mon, Jan 17, 2011, at 7:06 PM

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