Deputy Wardens


Deputy Warden of Operations

Deputy Warden Pete Fotinos was born in Chios Greece before moving to Northwest Indiana in 1974. Fotinos began his career in Corrections at the Indiana State Prison as a Correctional Officer in 1992. Indiana State Prison is a maximum custody facility with a rated capacity of over 2,400 beds to include death row. Fotinos came to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Correctional Division in August of 1996.

At Lake County Jail, Fotinos has served in the capacity of Correctional Officer, Correctional Officer assigned to the IT department, a Turn Supervisor and served for several Years as a Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.) member. In 2005 Fotinos was awarded the merited rank of Sergeant and subsequently was promoted to the merited rank of Lieutenant in 2010.

Fotinos is currently serving in the role of Deputy Warden of Operations, reporting directly to the Assistant Warden.


Deputy Warden of Security

Deputy Warden Yolanda Brown was born and raised in Gary, Indiana and started her career in Corrections at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Corrections Division in 2000. Brown began her career as a Correctional Officer and was promoted to the merit rank of Sergeant in 2006. Brown has been assigned to various positions throughout her career to include Personnel, Training, Classification and Youth Education conducting jail tours. Brown is a certified Mental Health Officer who assisted with the implementation of the Mental Health Unit for LCJ that opened in 2015 where Brown was promoted to Lieutenant. Brown also served on the LCJ Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.) as a Team Member, Team Leader and Captain. Brown previously served as the Deputy Warden of Operations and currently is serving as the Deputy Warden of Security.

Deputy Warden Brown is involved in multiple community organizations serving the residents of Gary and Lake County. Brown attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana majoring in Elementary Education. 


Deputy Warden of Personnel

Deputy Warden Kimberly Cox was born in Northwest Indiana and was raised in Southern California. Deputy Warden Cox returned to Indiana in 1998. Cox attended I.U Northwest, majoring in Psychology.

Cox began her career at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Corrections Division in 2004. During her tenure at the Lake County Jail, Cox has worked in several different capacities. Cox promoted from Correctional Officer to Sergeant, served as Supervisor of the Classification Department and also served as a Turn Sergeant. Cox was promoted to Deputy Warden of Personnel in 2017 and currently holds that position.

Deputy Warden Cox is involved in community service to include back to school drives, clothing donations for the homeless and volunteering at group homes. Cox has also served as the Youth Education Coordinator working with Girls on the run and at-risk teens.



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