From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Lasley, William H. "Bill"

(born: August 1, 1930  -  died: May 12, 2015) 

In July of 1971, William H. Lasley was promoted to director of the Office of Treatment Services of the Kentucky Corrections Department in Frankfort, KY. He had been with the Department of Corrections for six years, and was the associate warden of the state penitentiary in Eddyville, KY. He was one of the top 6 African American employees in state government. The Office of Treatment Services was new and Lasley was the first director, he was responsible for counseling and clinical services at the state's four prisons.

William H. Lasley was born in Hogenville (Larue County), KY, the son of Amos R. and Alberta Brashears Lasley. He died May 12, 2015 and is buried in Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy, KY. Lasley was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. 

For more see William H. "Bill" Lasley at Find A Grave; "Named to head new Kentucky prison corrections office," Jet, 09/09/1971, p.9; and picture and caption "William H. Lasley, ..." in Black Employment in Kentucky State Agencies: an analysis of the hiring gap, Fifth Report as of November 5, 1971, p.21.

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