Dennis W. Stamper,
Commissioner Stamper came to the department in July 2017, after serving 29 years with the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, culminating as the Senior Warden of the Federal Prison located on Maxwell AFB, Montgomery AL.Warden Stamper began his Bureau career in July of 1987 as a Correctional Officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Lexington, Kentucky. In October of 1989, he was selected as a Safety Specialist and later promoted to the position of Assistant Safety Manager. In September of 1994, he was selected to the position of Safety Manager at the Federal Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky, where he was part of the activation team that activated the Medical Center mission change at Lexington.
In June 1998, Warden Stamper transferred to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office located in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, as the Regional Safety Administrator. Warden Stamper assisted with the activation of several new Bureau of Prisons facilities within the region. In addition, Warden Stamper served as the Regional American Correctional Association (ACA) Activation Coordinator. In March 2002, he was selected as the Executive Assistant and Camp Administrator at the Federal Correctional Institution, Manchester, Kentucky.
In July 2007, he was selected as Associate Warden at the Federal Correctional Institution, Greenville, Illinois, where he served until March 2010. Subsequently, he transferred in the same capacity to the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado. While at the complex, he served at the medium-security Federal Correctional Institution, the high-security United States Penitentiary, as well as the Bureau of Prison’s only administrative maximum-security facility, the ADX. The ADX is the latest in a long line of institutions designed to house the worst of offenders in the system including offenders with national security implications. As a direct descendant of USP Alcatraz, it is often referred to as “The Alcatraz of the Rockies”. Warden Stamper provided oversight of the Correctional and Legal Services Department and was also responsible for the Labor Management Relations for the entire correctional complex which employs 1,100 staff in four centrally-located facilities.
Warden Stamper was promoted to the position of Senior Warden at the Federal Prison Camp (FPC) Montgomery, Alabama, on September 23, 2012. As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Federal Prison Camp, Warden Stamper managed the daily operations of the facility. He provided oversight of the camp with 135 full-time staff, an average daily population of just under 1000 inmates, and oversight of an annual operating budget of $14.3 million dollars.
The mission of the Federal Prison Camp on Maxwell, AFB has always been to maintain a community partnership with Maxwell Air Force Base by detailing approximately 450 inmates to work daily on the grounds of the military installation of Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex. Additionally, in September of 2013, the Federal Prison Camp was certified to operate a second Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) whereby 200-plus inmates are participating in the 500-hour program.
Deputy Commissioner Stamper is a native of Eastern Kentucky, and was employed by the Lexington-Fayette County Detention Center located in Lexington, Kentucky, as a Lieutenant prior to joining the Bureau of Prisons. Deputy Commissioner Stamper is married and has one daughter. He and his family reside in the Montgomery, Alabama, area.