Wardens

Richard Alford

Richard Alford

Warden

Mr. Alford joined LaSalle in August of 2016. He currently serves as the Warden of Jack Harwell Detention Center in Waco, Texas and is responsible for all operations and programs at the facility.

Prior to joining LaSalle, Mr. Alford spent 30 years with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He began his career with TDCJ in 1986 as a correctional officer and advanced through the ranks to the position of Regional Director for prison and Jail Operations prior to his retirement. During the last three years as Regional Director, he was responsible for oversight of approximately 25,000 offenders and 13 facilities located in Region One.

Mr. Alford is a member and Sergeant-at-Arms of the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents. He is also a member of the Texas Corrections Association.

 

 

 

Arthur Anderson

Arthur Anderson

Warden

Arthur Anderson is the Warden of the Lincoln County Detention Center. As the Warden, Mr. Anderson has overall responsibility for the operation, management, security and control of the facility. He oversees a unit which houses both male and female detainees classified as medium and maximum security for the U. S. Marshall’s Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Lincoln County.

Warden Anderson served as Facility Administrator of Emerald’s Rolling Plains Detention Center in Haskell, Texas. He also served as a Facility Administrator with another private company in Littlefield, Texas. He brings more than 40 plus years overall criminal justice experience, working up through the ranks from Correctional Officer to Senior Warden.

Mr. Anderson was previously employed with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), where he last held the position of Senior Warden of the P.E. Smith Unit, Lamesa, Texas, a high security facility housing 2250 inmates. He was brought to the facility in response to a riot that resulted in massive facility damage, offender injury and an offender death. The facility was successfully brought into ACA accreditation within one year. He was named Warden of the Year in September 2004 for the State of Texas. Warden Anderson also served as the Senior Warden of the T.L. Roach Unit and Boot Camp in Childress, Texas, and retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 2005 after over 30 years.

Mr. Anderson earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Correctional Science, an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement and Police Administration and a Certificate in Criminal Justice—Correctional Science. He graduated with honors.

Phil Bickham

Phil Bickham

Warden

Mr. Bickham joined LaSalle in March 2016. He currently serves as the Warden of Irwin County Detention Center and is responsible for all operations and programs at the facility.

Prior to joining LaSalle, Mr. Bickham served for over 29 years with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, retiring in July 2014.  Mr. Bickham began his career as a Correctional Officer and upon retirement, he had been the Senior Warden at the Ferguson Unit for almost 7 years.  The Ferguson Unit is a Maximum Security Prison with over 2,400 offenders and a significant edible crop, livestock and kennel operations.  Mr. Bickham reflects that the "Prodigal Son Chapel" re-opened during his tenure at the Ferguson Unit after being closed for over 2 decades due to a variety of maintenance problems--it had to be rebuilt from the ground up.   Mr. Bickham was also Senior Warden at the Walker Sayle State Jail, Sanchez State Jail and the Briscoe/Cotulla Complex Units. 

Mr. Bickham has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Management from Louisiana Tech University.  Mr. Bickham and his wife, Lee Ann, have been married for 29 years and have been blessed with two children. Mr. Bickham enjoys being with his family and is an avid sportsman.  

 

Pat Book

Pat Book

Warden

Mr. Book joined LaSalle in 2004.  He currently serves as the Warden of Catahoula Correctional Center and is responsible for all operations and programs at the facility.

Prior to joining LaSalle, Mr. Book worked for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (LaDPS&C) at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola (LSP) from 1997 until 1999, when he joined the Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office.  Mr. Book has been an active member of the Louisiana Sheriff's Association since 1998 and the American Correctional Association since 2004.  He has been through numerous training sessions with the LaDPS&C including the 90 hour Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and Advanced POST programs.

Keith Deville

Keith Deville

Warden

Mr. Deville joined LaSalle in 2011.  His work with the company began at Richwood Correctional Center where he served for two and a half years.  LaSalle transferred him to Madison Correctional Center where he had an 1100 bed male facility and a 500 bed women's facility (Louisiana Transitional Center for Women).  After a year and a half there he was sent to Winn Correctional Center to take over a newly acquired 1500 bed institution for males.  He currently serves there and is responsible for all operations and programs.

Prior to joining LaSalle, Mr. Deville served thirty-three years with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.  He began his career in 1978 with the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.  He transferred to Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in 1979 where he assisted with opening.  In 1982 he transferred to Work TrainIng Facility North (WTFN) where he served in various security positions.  For 19 years he served as Chase/Tactical Team Commander, resulting in over 200 felony arrests with local, state and federal authorities.  Mr. Deville has served as an expert witness in both trials and unemployment hearings.  He has also served as a bloodhound and narcotics dog trainer, self defense instructor, chemical agent instructor, rappel master and chief investigative officer. 

He was appointed as head warden of J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center (formerly known as WTFN) IN 2007.  During this time, he served on the Board of Directors of the Department of Corrections Credit Union.  He received many awards throughout his career, among them most notably was the Secretary of Corrections Award of Excellence, Lawman of the Year (which included nominees from Corrections, local and state police), and Honorary Senator.  He is a member of the American Correctional Association, Louisiana Association of Wardens, National Association of Wardens, and Southern States Correctional Association.

 

Timothy Ducote

Timothy Ducote

Warden

Mr. Ducote joined LaSalle in 2007. He currently serves as the Warden of the Jackson Parish Correctional Center in Jonesboro, LA and is responsible for all operations and programs at the facility, including the care, custody and control of approximately 1250 inmates. Mr. Ducote supervises as staff of over 125 security officers, transportation deputies, administrative and medical personnel.

Prior to joining LaSalle, Mr. Ducote served as Warden of the Avoyelles Bunkie Detention Center from 2003 to 2007. In 2004 Warden Ducote spearheaded the development of the Avoyelles Parish Work Release Program which at that time became one of the largest in-house work release programs in Louisiana. He has also been instrumental in the development and success of the work release program in Jackson Parish.

Mr. Ducote has a strong background in the medical field, having served as an Emergency Medical Technician at the Louisiana State Penitentiary from 1983-1987. His law endorsement career began as a Patrolman/Emergency Technician for the City of Bunkie Police Department and Ambulance Service where he served from 1987 to 1991. Mr. Ducote then served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Patrol Division of the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office from 1991 to 1999. Mr. Ducote achieved the rank of Captain in 1999 and served at the Avoyelles Bunkie Detention Center where he was elevated to Assistant Warden/Chief of Security in 2000 and served in that capacity until he was promoted to head Warden in 2003.

Mr. Ducote was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician by the Avoyelles Vocational-Technical Institute in 1987 and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals in 1989 and holds a 1988 diploma from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, and is certified as an EMT Instructor by the National Registry, the American Heart Association and the Red Cross. He was certified by the Peace Officer Standards & Training Council in 1988; and in 1996 completed P.O.S.T. Certification for Managing the Use of Force by Police Officers. Mr. Ducote completed the 53rd Basic Academy at the University of Southwestern Louisiana's Acadian Law Enforcement Training Academy, and has over 2500 hours of training in higher education.

Ray Hanson

Ray Hanson

Warden

Mr. Hanson joined LaSalle in 2011. He currently serves as the Warden of Richwood Correctional Center and is responsible for all operations and programs at the facility.

Prior to joining LaSalle, Mr. Hanson served 26 years with the Louisiana Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections at David Wade Correctional Center. During his tenure at DWCC, he had the opportunity to serve in numerous areas of the facility. His final position at DWCC was as Assistant Warden II where he was responsible for daily security, maintenance and prison enterprise operations. He supervised approx. 300 staff and 1000 inmates. Mr. Hanson held other positions over the course of his Dept. of Corrections career including Investigations, Basic Jail Guideline Team Member, North Compound Unit Manager and South Compound (Maximum Security) Unit Manager. Mr. Hanson served in previous capacities of Assistant Warden & Deputy Warden at Richwood Correctional Center since joining LaSalle.

Mr. Hanson began his career at David Wade Correctional Center as a Corrections Officer in 1984. He assisted in the opening of the South Compound at DWCC in 1987. Mr. Hanson served in the capacity as a Corrections Lieutenant when DWCC received its initial American Correctional Association Accreditation in 1992. Mr. Hanson is a continued member of the ACA and has received numerous training certificates during his career. This includes completing training by National Institute of Corrections in Colorado Springs, Colorado in Management of Violent, High-Risk & Supermax Inmates. Additional training includes Interviewing & Interrogation Techniques, Advanced Interview and Interrogation techniques and Statement Analysis.

 

Ron King

Ron King

Warden

After nearly 20 years of establishing, growing, and operating his own trucking company in Southern California, Ron made the decision to leave his native city of San Diego to relocate his family to Texas in 1999; becoming the Juvenile Director of the Deaf Smith County Youth Home in Hereford, Texas. Ron along with his wife (of 32 years) Vickie and their three children (Jessica, Ashley, Ryan) enjoyed the small town charm of Hereford and quickly became involved in many aspects of the community. Ron and Vickie helped lead and rejuvenate many of the local youth organizations, including the start-up of two different youth football leagues, a select girls’ softball traveling team, and also helped with many of the local charities.

In 2003 the King family relocated to Odessa, Texas when Ron left the Juvenile world and accepted a job with CiviGenics Texas Inc. as a Training Sergeant at their two facilities in Odessa housing U.S. Marshal prisoners. Ron climbed the ranks to Operations/ Bus Captain; at that time he also traveled to train officers at other CiviGenics facilities in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Ohio; starting up new facilities, S.O.R.T. Teams, and also lending a hand at investigations, S.O.R.T. Team operations, and anything other task assigned.

Ron was afforded the opportunity to promote and relocate to Weatherford, Texas in August 2007 as the new Warden of the Parker County Jail. The community leaders in Weatherford selected to go with Professional Jail Management just as their new addition, which tripled the capacity of the jail, was about to be completed in May of 2008.

2008 was also the year that CivGenics Texas Inc. merged with Community Education Centers, Ron remained Warden and they operated the Jail until LaSalle Corrections was awarded the contract in October 2015; Ron spent most of 2016 in Johnson County supervising their ICE staff and helping with transports, travelling to Waco to help out at the Jack Harwell unit, and also lending a hand at re-opening the Limestone Unit in Groesbeck, Texas.

Ron is now back at the Parker County Jail as the Warden, and is very honored to say that it is proudly operated by LaSalle Corrections.

 

 

Detrah Lacy

Detrah Lacy

Warden

Detrah Lacy joined LaSalle Southwest in 2011.  She currently serves as the Warden of Jefferson County Downtown Jail and is responsible for all operations and programs at the facility.

Ms. Lacy retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 2010 as a twenty-seven (27) year veteran.  She began her career with TDCJ as a Correctional Officer at the Coffield Unit in 1984.  She advanced in her career through the Classification and Records Department as Classification Casemanager, Chief of Classification, and Coordinator for Auditing procedures.  In 2001, she promoted to the capacity of Assistant Warden at the Plane/Henley 2250 bed female facility advancing to Senior Warden at the Rufus Duncan and Thomas Goree Unit.  Detrah also served as an instructor teaching Pre-Service classes for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice officers at the Houston Community College.

Ms. Lacy currently maintains a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; Associate in Sociology, and an Associate of Applied Science in Correctional Science from Trinity Valley Community College; Palestine, Texas.  Ms. Lacy has also received numerous certifications of high-level training.

David Rivas

David Rivas

Warden

Mr. Rivas joined LaSalle Corrections on April 7, 2017. He is currently the Warden of the San Luis Regional Detention and Support Center and brings 43 years’ correctional experience that began in 1974.  Prior to his assignment at San Luis, he served as the Deputy Chief of Operations for Emerald Companies and was previously employed by the Arizona Department of Corrections, holding positions to include:  Warden of the Arizona State Prison Complex, Lewis – a complex of six units with over 4800 inmates; Warden of the Arizona State Prison Complex, Douglas; and, Deputy Warden of Operations, Phoenix Complex.

Mr. Rivas served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years, having attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. During his 20 years in the service, his primary military occupational specialty was corrections, in addition to having had the opportunity to serve as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC.

Mr. Rivas earned a Master’s degree in Administration of Justice, while serving in the Marine Corps. He is a Certified Correctional Executive, 4th Certification (CCE) as awarded by the American Correctional Association (ACA), has served as a consultant, conducting audits for the ACA and is a Certified PREA Instructor.

Mike Sheppard

Mike Sheppard

Warden

Mr. Sheppard began his career in corrections in 1983 when he went to work with the Florida Department of Corrections at the Apalachee Correctional Institution in Sneads Florida. Mr. Sheppard remained there until 1984, when he transferred to Corrections Mental Health Institution and remained there until 1987. In 1987, he transferred to and helped build Holmes Correctional Institution in Bonifay Florida which is located in Holmes County where he promoted up and remained until his retirement in 2010 with more than 27 years. After retirement, Mr. Sheppard enjoyed a year of pursuing his two main hobbies of hunting and fishing with his family and friends. In 2011, he was offered a job with Holmes County as County Work Squad Supervisor and remained there until 2013 when he took the same position in Washington County Florida where he owns his home. Mr. Sheppard remained there until May 2015, then relocated to the West Texas Detention Facility in Sierra Blanca Texas which was owned by Emerald Corrections until April 2017. Mr. Sheppard brings 34 years of corrections experience to West Texas Detention Facility and Lasalle Corrections.

Chris Stinson

Chris Stinson

Warden

Mr. Stinson joined LaSalle in 2012. He currently serves as the Warden of the Madison Parish facilities and is responsible for all operations at these facilities.

Prior to joining LaSalle, Mr. Stinson served 31 years with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. He began his corrections career in 1980 at La. State Penitentiary at Angola. He transferred to Camp Beauregard Work Release Center in 1981. Mr. Stinson held various security positions including unit training officer, defensive tactics instructor, firearms instructor and investigations officer. He also served on the facility’s tactical unit and chase team as assistant commander.

In 2005 he retired from civil service at Work Training Facility North (Camp Beauregard WRC) and assumed a position as a Corrections Advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice in Iraq. Some of his duties as a Corrections Advisor were to train, mentor and advise Iraqi Corrections Service staff. Mr. Stinson is the only Louisiana Correctional Officer to serve as a Corrections Advisor in Iraq.

After two years in Iraq, he returned to the U.S. in 2007 and went back to work for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections at J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center (Work Training Facility North). Mr. Stinson was awarded the Secretary’s Award of Excellence and recognized by the Secretary twice during his corrections career for meritorious service. He retired from state civil service as Assistant Warden in 2011 and worked for Louisiana Probation and Parole before joining LaSalle in 2012.    

Libby Tigner

Libby Tigner

Warden

Mrs. Tigner joined LaSalle in 2009.  She currently serves as the Warden of River Correctional Center and is responsible for all operations and programs at this facility.

Mrs. Tigner began her corrections career with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (LaDPS&C) in May 1979.  She served at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola (LSP) until 1989, when she transferred and assisted in the opening of the Avoyelles Correctional Center (AVC).  At ACC, she was the Records Manager, responsible for approximately 1,500 inmates files, and also served as an expert witness in time computation issues.  Mrs. Tigner achieved the rank of Assistant Warden for Administrative at ACC before her retirement in 2004. After a brief two month retirement, she returned to the LaDPS&C serving for five years at the Joseph Levy Dabadie Correctional Center where she assisted in setting up the preclass section for the Central Louisiana Region, overseeing approximately 7,500 inmate files. At the time Mrs. Tigner started with LaSalle, she was responsible for overseeing inmate programs (including reception, drug rehabilitation, and re-entry), as well as overseeing Community Relations.

Charles Vondra

Charles Vondra

Warden

Mr. Vondra joined LaSalle Corrections in August of 2016. He currently serves as the Warden of Limestone County Detention Center in Groesbeck, TX and is responsible for all operations and programs at the facility.

Mr. Vondra began his career with Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 1984 and rose through the ranks from correctional officer to Senior Warden . During this time he gained a vast knowledge of Cattle, Pork productions, Horse operations, Hay production and edible crops for the State of Texas. He retired as Senior Warden of the Ferguson in 2016. During his career, Mr. Vondra traveled around the state and was assigned to 11 different facilities which housed inmates of different classifications ranging from Outside Trustee, Minimum, Medium, Close and three levels of Administrative Segregation. 

He is married to his wife Sheryl (29 years) and have 3 children Charles III, Danielle and Christopher, and has 6 grandchildren. He enjoys bow hunting and fishing with his family, and also enjoys spending time with his silver Labrador "Camo".