A native of Whitley County came home to work and serve in the community.
Whitley County jailer Brian Lawson has announced that Andrew Fuson has been hired at the Whitley County Detention Center.
Fuson arrives at the detention center with a wealth of knowledge and training, Lawson said.
“Personally, I’m excited about this,” Lawson said. “I think it will be a good thing for our detention center. He will bring new ideas and integrate them into our daily activities here. “
With his experience and training, Fuson was hired as a colonel and will be the third in command of the detention center.
Fuson’s duties will include overseeing day-to-day operations, detention center employees and everything related to inmates.
“We are lucky to make this rental and bring it on board,” Lawson said.
Fuson made the career transition after working at the McCreary County Federal Bureau of Prisons for seven years.
“Over the past year, I’ve evaluated the current career I’ve had at the Federal Bureau of Prisons,” Fuson said. “I had a burning desire to do something locally – to do something that will use my experience and education to help build community.”
Fuson said he put his prison career aside because of his desire to serve the local community.
“I drive on the roads every day – the same roads as everyone else – and I see, unfortunately, the people who ride them and descend them who have drug addictions. My kids go to school with their kids, and it’s sad, ”he explained.
Fuson plans to use his past experiences to help serve the community in several ways. One of them will be to facilitate moral recognition therapy courses.
“One of the things I’m going to do here is actually facilitate the MRT [Moral Reconation Therapy] course, and this is an opportunity for me to help rehabilitate these people, ”said Fuson. “If I’m able to connect with them and then help improve and strengthen staff motivation, then that’s a positive direction to help the community as a whole. “
His old experience was not only in prison, but extends further in his career.
Fuson joined the Marine Corp from 2003 to 2007. He was a squadron leader and deployed twice to Iraq. He eventually decided to return to the military and joined the Navy where he served as an aviation artillery officer before being placed in charge of damage control, a role that Fuson says will directly correlate to the assistance he can provide in the maintenance room of the detention center. .
After touring with the Navy, Fuson joined the McCreary Federal Prison team.
In prison, he served as a correctional officer for five years before being promoted to become a case management specialist.
“As a correctional officer, I had to respond to many emergency situations, whether it was medical, whether it was fights, whether it was inmates barricading themselves in a cell, we made a calculated use of the forces. , we made immediate use of the forces, and having to maintain the policies set by the US government and these guidelines, ”Fuson explained. deter any type of emergency when possible. “
“I felt a strong desire to transition to this institution – to this facility – to help the community with all of this in mind,” Fuson said. “It was gratifying when an inmate sat across from me and I got to look at his disciplinary history and the lack of programming he was on and be able to explain things to him and explain his priorities. perspective of his life. It was gratifying when I could see a real change in the inmates, but these inmates came from all over the country. Some of them were from Kentucky and Tennessee.
At the detention center, Fuson will bring not only his professional experiences, but also numerous credentials to help him achieve his number one goal of safety, security and accountability.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in emergency management and homeland security, a master’s degree in administration of justice with a specialization in corrections and a master’s degree in teaching.
He is currently pursuing a doctorate in leadership with a specialization in the administration of justice at the University of Cumberlands.
“My number one goal here is safety, security and accountability,” Fuson said. “We have a direct impact on the community. We have to make sure that all of these detainees are safe. We need to make sure all of our staff are safe. “
Inmate accountability, equipment, personnel, and staff retention are also goals Fuson wants to improve.
“We get our funding from the county, and I want to make sure the county gets what it pays for – quality trained staff who can do the job to support the county,” Fuson said.
He officially started working at the detention center on October 18.