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Dell Lemley, Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Finance 




Dell Lemley has 25 years of experience  working for the Mississippi Department of Corrections and currently serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Finance.
“I enjoy the family atmosphere and meeting the challenges that come with helping to run a state agency,” Lemley said. “It is an honor to serve and look after the financial well-being of MDOC.”
Lemley began his career in April 1993 as an Accounting/Auditor I at the Mississippi State Penitentiary. He enjoyed many years of working in the finance department at MSP before transferring to the Central Office in 2007. He has worked in numerous capacities before his current position, including director of fiscal affairs and chief fiscal officer.
Lemley, a native of Greenwood, is a graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in accounting. He is a member of the American Correctional Association and Southern States Correctional Association for which he has served on the Finance and Vendor Committees. He has also served for many years as chairman of the Employee Relief Fund Golf Tournament.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Division of Administration and Finance is responsible for the following agency functions:

MDOC is appropriated funds each fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) by the Mississippi Legislature. The annual appropriation includes funds for salaries, travel, contractual services, commodities, and payments to county jails, regional facilities and private prisons for housing of state inmates. The Committee for Performance, Expenditure, Evaluation, and Review (PEER) annually calculates a cost per inmate day for the three state operated prisons. The composite average daily cost per inmate for FY 2010 was $39.56.