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Chandler Cheeks selected as new LCF warden

by Carol Pitts last modified Mar 14, 2022 03:16 PM
Kansas Secretary of Corrections Jeff Zmuda announces the selection of Chandler Cheeks as the new warden at Lansing Correctional Facility (LCF), Lansing, Kansas. Cheeks will begin his new role as warden April 17, 2022.

Cheeks has 28 years of experience with the Michigan Department of Corrections. He began his career as a correctional officer, moving through the ranks to warden. His experience includes working as an inspector with internal affairs for the Michigan Department of Corrections. He was appointed in May 2021 as warden at Thumb Creek Correctional Facility, Lapeer, MI.

“Chandler Cheeks brings to our system a diverse background gained through various roles and responsibility at facilities within the Michigan Department of Corrections, including his most recent role as warden,” Zmuda said. “He is committed to creating a positive culture at Lansing Correctional Facility that will support a safe environment and promote a sense of well-being.”

Cheeks earned an associate’s degree from Lansing, MI Community College, and completed his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI, where he graduate cum laude. He also holds a master’s degree in criminal justice leadership and management from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. He has served as an adjunct instructor for two years at Ferris State University.

“In addition to his education and experience, Chandler values professional staff development that leads to positive change, which directly supports our strategic plan, Pathway for Success,” Zmuda said.

The Lansing Correctional Facility, formerly the Kansas State Penitentiary, opened in 1867 during the presidency of Andrew Johnson and is the oldest and largest state correctional facility in Kansas. A new facility on the same site was opened in March 2020. Serving only males, the facility includes 1,920 beds in its maximum and medium units, and 512 bed in a minimum unit.

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