The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) has announced the promotion of three individuals within the agency, following Friday’s resignation of former Southern Region Deputy Director Ty Bates.
Shannis Stock has been named IDOC Acting Deputy Director, Southern Region, Jeff Parker takes over for Stock and becomes Acting Warden of Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center and Casandra Davis is now Acting Assistant Warden of Operations at Southwestern C.C. IDOC Director S.A. “Tony” Godinez has asked all three to begin serving in their new positions immediately.
“These outstanding professionals combine for over 38 years in corrections, 34 of them with the IDOC. We promote on merit and are pleased that the Department continues to fill positions with people who are among the most qualified in their field,” said Director Godinez. He added, “We take great pride in developing and promoting employees of all backgrounds and my support of equal opportunity is always encouraged by Governor Quinn.”
Acting Deputy Director Stock began her career in corrections in 2001 and has spent the past eight years with the IDOC. Born and raised in O‟Fallon, she holds a Bachelor‟s Degree in Crime and Society from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State Univ.) and a Master‟s Degree in Administration of Justice and Security from University of Phoenix.
Stock has been Warden at Southwestern Illinois C.C. since 2011, and is recognized as a strong leader with deep knowledge of corrections. As Acting Deputy Director, she will oversee all IDOC facilities in the Southern Region and will report directly to Director Godinez.
“I have dedicated my professional life to corrections and I look forward to this new position. I feel proud and grateful that I‟ve earned opportunities for numerous promotions by the IDOC, including twice now under the leadership of Director Godinez,” said Acting Deputy Director Stock.
Jeff Parker is a veteran of eight years with the Illinois Department of Corrections, following a 25-year career in law enforcement. He served as Assistant Warden of Operations at Southwestern Illinois C.C. and easily moves into the top position there.
Parker was a police officer and Sergeant of Detectives in Granite City from 1979-2004 before joining IDOC. For 18 of those years, he was Deputy Commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis.
In assuming his new position, Acting Warden Parker said, “I‟m excited to continue my work with the men and women at „Southwestern.‟ A Warden‟s effectiveness depends just as much on the hard work of his team as it does on his own effort. We have a great team of Correctional Officers, security supervisors, support staff and vendors.”
A native of East St. Louis, Cassandra Davis is in her 19th year in corrections, all of them with the IDOC. Davis ascends to Acting Assistant Warden of Operations at Southwestern C.C. after serving as Assistant Warden of Programs at Graham Correctional Center.
“I enjoy my work and believe we all make a difference for the State of Illinois. I look forward to my work with Acting Warden Parker and I appreciate Director Godinez‟ belief in my ability. He recognizes the jobs everyone does in this Department of Corrections,” she said.
Davis spent 13 years as a Sergeant of the United States Army and has held that same rank in the Illinois National Guard for 18 years. She earned a Bachelor‟s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lindenwood (MO) University.
“We are fortunate to have accomplished women and men in the Illinois Department of Corrections. I look forward to their continued success and wish them all Godspeed,” added Director Godinez.
The shuffling of positions came after now former deputy director Bates resigned Friday, after two sexual harassment investigations into his behavior with female subordinates were made public. His resignation was effective immediately.