Commissioner Tony Parker, once recognized as the youngest warden in the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC), has more than 37 years' experience in the field of corrections. Commissioner Parker began his correctional career as a Correctional Officer and rose through the ranks to Warden, Assistant Commissioner, and Commissioner. Parker was first appointed Commissioner in June of 2016 by former Governor Bill Haslam. In January 2019, Governor Bill Lee reappointed Parker as Correction Commissioner.
On February 6, 2021, Parker was sworn-in as President of the American Correctional Association (ACA), the nation's oldest association developed specifically for practitioners in the correctional profession. He became the first TDOC Commissioner to serve as ACA President in the organization's 151-year history.
Parker earned an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Dyersburg State Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies with an emphasis in Homeland Security from the prestigious Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. Commissioner Parker’s thesis titled: “Establishing a De-radicalization/Disengagement Model for America’s Correctional Facilities: Recommendations for Countering Prison Radicalization” was published by NPS in 2013. In 2015, Commissioner Parker was called to testify before the Congressional Homeland Security Committee related to his thesis and recommendations for a de-radicalization model for U.S. Prisons.
Parker resides in Union City, Tennessee with his wife and three children.