The Kentucky Department of Corrections Interim Commissioner Jim Erwin announced that Stefany Hughes has been named the Hostage Negotiation Team state commander. She assumed this new role on November 9. Hughes began her career with the Department of Corrections as a classification and treatment officer at Northpoint Training Center in 2006. She has previously served as the HNT regional commander for the central region. Commissioner Erwin said having a well-trained negotiation team is a critical part of their department, and believe Hughes is more than up to the task of being the new commander.