Corrections Commissioner Tony Parker, once recognized as the youngest warden in the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC), has more than 35 years experience in the field of Corrections. Commissioner Parker began his correctional career at the Lake County Regional Correctional Facility in 1983 as a Correctional Officer. He was promoted to Correctional Corporal, Correctional Sergeant, Correctional Lieutenant, Correctional Captain, Associate Warden of Security at the West Tennessee High Security Facility, Deputy Warden at Northwest Correctional Complex, and was eventually appointed Warden at the Northwest Correctional Complex from 2003 until 2006. In 2006, Parker served as the Warden of the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning Tennessee. Then in 2008, Parker again served as Warden of Northwest Correctional Complex until he was promoted to Correctional Administrator of the West Region effective April 2011. In September of 2012, Parker was promoted to the position of Assistant Commissioner of Prisons where he supervised TDOC prison operations and was responsible for oversight of the department’s security operations as well as offender management. In June of 2016, Governor Bill Haslam appointed Tony Parker to the position of Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Correction. In January 2019, Governor Bill Lee reappointed Parker as Correction Commissioner.
Parker is a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA) and serves as President-Elect. He also serves on the ACA Standards Committee and previously served as Vice Chairman of the Commissioner on Accreditation for Correction. He 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 upon 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 Misty and their three children, Madison, Mia and J’Coy.