Ishmon F. Burks was appointed as secretary of the Justice Cabinet on April 25, 2002. Most recently he was the Commissioner of the Department of State Police. As secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet, one of the largest agencies in state government, Secretary Burks takes an active role in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the departments and divisions within the cabinet. This includes the departments of corrections, state police, juvenile justice, and criminal justice training. Also part of the Justice Cabinet are the parole board, medical examinerís office, criminal justice council and justice administrative services.
A Kentucky native, Burks was born on March 17th, 1945, in Louisville. Following graduation from Shawnee High School in Louisville, Burks attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., and graduated as the Distinguished Military Graduate in 1967. Commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army that same year, he continued his military career to retire as a colonel in 1993. Milestones in that career include Senior Battalion Advisor in Vietnam, 1969-70; instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., 1975-1979; Chief of Police for Heidelburg, Germany, 1982-83; Executive Officer for Public Affairs, Pentagon, 1983-84; Commander of the Military Police Battalion at Fort McClellan, Ala., 1984-86; and Chief of Personnel for Military Police, Pentagon, 1988-90.
Burks continued his educational pursuits during his military career, earning a masterís degrees in education from Indiana University in 1975 and another masterís degree in criminology from City University, N.Y., in 1979. Additionally, he has attended the U.S. War College and graduated in 1992 from the Kenan-Flager Business School Executive Program.
Following his military career, Burks joined the civilian sector as the Vice President of Internal Auditing and Corporate Security for the McCrory and TG&Y Stores in 1994. He then returned to Kentucky to accept the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Spalding University in Louisville in 1995.
On September 1st, 2000, Governor Paul Patton appointed Burks as the 21st Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police. He was the first African-American commissioner of the stateís premiere law enforcement agency.
Burks has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni at Historically Black Universities, 2000 and as Louisvilleís Distinguished Citizen, 1984. He has also been inducted into the Lincoln University Military Hall of Fame and the Shawnee High School Hall of Fame. One of the highest honors he has received is the United States Army "Ranger" tab and the Legion of Merit.
Burks resides in Taylorsville and has two children, Angela and Wallis.
On May 16, 2002, Governor Paul Patton appointed Barbara W. Jones as deputy secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet. Jones has served as the general counsel for the Justice Cabinet since May 1996 and continues those duties as well.
As deputy secretary, Ms. Jones oversees matters pertaining to the Kentucky Criminal Justice Council, strategic planning, policy and procedure and investigations. She also serves as the agency liaison for legislative matters. As General Counsel she provides direct legal services to the Cabinet Secretary and to all staff and divisions within the Office of the Secretary. She has general oversight responsibilities for the Offices of General Counsel for the Department of Corrections, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Kentucky State Police and the Department of Criminal Justice Training.
Ms. Jones attended Catherine Spalding College in Louisville, Kentucky for two years and received a bachelorís degree from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky in 1969. She is a 1978 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Ms. Jones was employed as the Director of Advertising and Public Affairs for Shillitoís Department Store, a division of Federated Department Stores in Louisville, Kentucky from 1970 until 1973. She worked at her family business, The Willett Distilling Company, in Bardstown, Kentucky from 1973 until she began law school in 1975. The company, founded by her grandfather, manufactured Old Bardstown sour mash bourbon that was distributed nationally and internationally.
Vertner ďVertĒ Taylor was appointed commissioner of the Department of Corrections in August, 2001. Heís served in a variety of positions within state corrections for nearly 20 years. Before being named to the agencyís top position, Taylor, 63, was the departmentís deputy commissioner of community services and local facilities.
He began his career with corrections in 1984 when the department was a cabinet. His first position was deputy commissioner for adult institutions. He went on to serve as commissioner of that department, affirmative action coordinator, director of operations, private prisons administrator and as the health program administrator.
Taylor received his education from Xavier University with a pre-pharmacy degree, the University of Kentucky with a bachelorís degree in science and the University of Chicago with postgraduate courses in the executive MBA program.
Early in his career, Taylor worked as a territory sales manager with E.R. Squibb and Sons pharmaceutical company, as a pharmacy supervisor for the University of Chicago Hospital and Hunter Foundation for Health Care and as health services manager for the Department of Justice/Bureau of Corrections.
John W. Bizzack, 47, is the Commissioner of the Department of Criminal Justice Training, a position he took in June 1996. As Commissioner, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the Justice Cabinet department that annually trains more than 9,000 law enforcement officers throughout the Commonwealth.
He is a 25-year veteran of law enforcement, an author, lecturer, and former Director of the Council on Leadership and Criminal Justice Policy. He served 23 years with the Division of Police in Lexington, Kentucky, and retired at the permanent rank of Captain. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, he holds degrees in Criminal Justice and Business Administration, and a doctorate in Administration and Management from Walden University.
Bizzackís law enforcement career experience ranges from extensive investigative and supervisory assignments in criminal investigation (homicide, drug enforcement, special investigations, sex crimes, robbery, and crimes against children), police administration, the accreditation of law enforcement agencies, and a number of research projects. He is the recipient of more than two-hundred commendations, letters of merit and recognition for his work and civic service from numerous criminal justice agencies, as well as, community organizations and private businesses.
In 1996, Bizzack was appointed Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Political Science at The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to graduate course instruction, he serves as consultant on the development of the graduate and undergraduate criminal justice degree programs at The Citadel Command College.
Bizzack is author of six books dealing with topical issues in the field of criminal justice (No Nonsense Leadership; Police Management for the 1990ís: A Practitionerís Road Map; Criminal Investigations: Managing for Results; Issues in Policing: New Perspectives; Law Enforcement Accreditation: The First Ten Years; Authentic Leadership - Lifetime Tools That Make The Difference), as well as numerous articles and papers.
He is a recognized expert on the accreditation of law enforcement agencies and his 1993 national research project on that subject is used extensively in the field. He lectures and speaks frequently on topics of organizational change and leadership in the criminal justice system.
He has been active with various state, local boards, and task forces along with non-profit community organizations dealing with the numerous issues which face policing and other components of the criminal justice system. Bizzack is also a member of numerous professional organization, a member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Lexington, and is actively involved in family farming and cattle businesses.
Dr. Corey, forensic pathologist, is Kentuckyís Medical Examiner. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the Medical Examinerís Office. Dr. Corey has worked since 1991 as Assistant Medical Examiner at the medical examinerís office on Barret Avenue in Louisville.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Centre College in 1983, Dr. Corey entered the University of Louisville Medical School where she accumulated numerous awards for academic achievement. She performed her postgraduate education at U of Lís departments of Internal Medicine and Pathology.
Dr. Corey, 36, has achieved an impressive list of professional and community service awards while maintaining membership in several professional organizations and teaching at U of L. She has lectured on such topics as "Pediatric Injuries in Motor Vehicle Collisions," "Medical Aspects of Death Investigation" and is nationally recognized in the field of Clinical Forensic Medicine.
She has had numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and books. The subjects of the articles range from the effects of photodynamic therapy on blood flow in normal and tumor vessels to unnatural deaths in nursing home patients.
She has been a guest instructor at the Bloodstain Pattern Institute in Corning, New York; at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia; and at the American Prosecutors Research Institute in Washington DC.
Dr. Corey possesses unique skills and she clearly understands the challenges and problems associated with the operation of a state agency that has daily interaction with 120 county coroner offices, innumerable police departments, social service agencies and prosecutors at all levels throughout the state.
Shannon Scott is the Supervisor of the Internal Investigations Unit in the Justice Cabinet. Scott oversees the investigation of complaints of mistreatment of residents in the Department of Juvenile Justice residential facilities, group homes and detention centers.
Scott is a career employee who began her employment in 1985 with the HartCounty Department for Social Services. She worked in the areas of child and adult protection, foster care and juvenile services.
She transferred to Jefferson County in 1995 to work exclusively in juvenile court. Scott began working as an Investigator with the Internal Investigations Unit when it was created in February of 1997.
Scott has extensive experience in training the state social workers in the area of child protection. She also was one of the original members of a team that provided cultural diversity training for the Cabinet of Human Resources (now Cabinet for Families and Children) employees.
Scott now provides training to DJJ residential and community staff regarding the IIU. Scott has served on local task forces and councils related to child protection, emotionall disturbed children and adult literacy. She helped to secure two school resource centers in her native Hart County.
Scott is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. She resides in Louisville.
Pamela Trautner is the press secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet, a position she has held since September 2001. Trautner coordinates all media and public relations events for Secretary Robert F. Stephens and assists the governorís office with press and public events concerning Justice Cabinet issues. She helps oversee the press offices in the cabinetís four departments: Corrections, State Police, Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice Training. Trautner also helps direct media relations for the Parole Board, the Medical Examinerís Office and the Kentucky Criminal Justice Council.
Trautner, 36, joined the Justice Cabinet after working as the director of communication for the Department of Corrections for nearly eight months. As the spokesperson and primary media contact for Corrections, Trautner dealt with issues arising from a department with 4,000 employees responsible for 15,500 prisoners and 22,000 probationers/parolees. She also worked with and provided guidance to 12 institutional public information officers.
Prior to joining the Department of Corrections, Trautner spent almost 12 years with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. She served in various capacities including director of marketing and communications, assistant director and marketing coordinator, projects coordinator and assistant director for the office of international marketing.
Trautner is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has served on a number of organizations, most recently the Kentucky Association of Government Communicators and the Kentucky Industry Development Council.