Sheriff's Office

Correctional Facility Staff

The staff of Kent County Correctional Facility is dedicated to the safety and security of the community. The operation of the facility is governed by the applicable state and federal laws while maintaining the highest level of professionalism and service.

We have approximately 210 sworn Correction Deputies assigned to the main facility and Transfer Crew/Court Security. The Command Staff includes 2 Captains, 6 Lieutenants and 18 Sergeants.

Command Staff

Capt. Tom Barnwell

Capt. Brad Lyons

Lt. Scott Nibbelink

Lt. Benjamin Piebenga

Lt. Emily Kalman

Lt. Donna Moore-Brown

Lt. Bryan Knott

Lt. Jeffrey Pavlovic

Correctional Engagement Response Team

The Kent County Correctional Engagement Response Team was formed in 2002 to handle unruly inmates and assist the line staff in a safer and more coordinated manner.

CERT is a team of highly trained Correctional Officers who specialize in Self Defense Tactics, Cell Extractions, High Risk Transports and Riot Control utilizing special equipment and weapons. The team also assists line staff with the shakedown of cells where the probability of finding weapons is high. The team averages 25 activations a year to a variety of incidents.