Promotion prompts warden shuffle

New Probation and Parole Deputy Chief Terry Kirkham
New Probation and Parole Deputy Chief Terry Kirkham

BOISE, Idaho, November 29, 2012 -- Three Idaho Department of Correction prisons are getting new wardens. The shuffle is the result of the warden of one of the prisons being promoted to a top job in the department’s Division of Probation and Parole.

Terry Kirkham, who has been serving as warden at South Idaho Correctional Institution, has been named deputy chief of Probation and Parole. He will work with the division’s chief, Henry Atencio, to help define the role of probation and parole services in Idaho.

“I really look forward to working closely with all the district managers and their leadership teams again to identify how to best achieve those things that are critical for our success,” Kirkham says.

Kirkham joined IDOC in 1990 as a correctional officer at SAWC. He rose through the ranks to become manager of Probation and Parole’s District 7 based in Pocatello before becoming SICI’s warden in September of 2011. 

“The staff at SICI have proven to be some of the most dedicated and professional that I have worked with,” Kirkham says. “I will cherish my time at SICI and thank all staff for supporting and teaching me while I was there.”

St. Anthony Work Camp Warden Steve Little will succeed Kirkham at SICI.  Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center Warden Jim Woolf will succeed little at SAWC. 

“Jim and Steve are very excited about these new opportunities,” said Prisons Chief Kevin Kempf. “Together we think this is a home run at both facilities.”

The “New” Wardens

Little and Woolf are veteran correctional professionals who have served in a variety of roles during their many years with the department.

Little started with IDOC twenty years ago as a temporary correctional officer at SAWC. He went on to serve in a variety of leadership positions including

security, special projects supervisor, pre-release specialist and lieutenant. He has been SAWC’s warden since 2009. He is a graduate of the Certified Public Manager's Program and was on the original committee that helped create the Idaho version of the Cognitive Self Change Program.

Little says it will be difficult for him to leave behind his friends and colleagues in St. Anthony, but he is excited about the new challenges he will face at a larger institution. 

How does Little describe his management style?

“Big picture, situational and always willing to listen to new ideas. What you see is what you get.” Little says.  “I value competence, honesty and teamwork.”

Warden Woolf also has worn many hats during his long career with the department. He is a southeastern Idaho native who started with IDOC in 1990. He has served as a correctional officer, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, warden and deputy chief. He has served as PWCC’s warden since 2010. He says it will be difficult to say goodbye to PWCC’s dedicated staff.

Woolf says his management style is focused on role modeling building relationships. 

Woolf is also a graduate of the Certified Public Manager’s Program. He and Little are considered the State of Idaho’s experts on Special Projects.





Story published: 11/29/2012
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