Mississippi  Department of  Corrections

Marshall L. Fisher

Phil Bryant






Community Corrections Deputy Commissioner


  Deputy Commissioner 


 Christy Gutherz

Division of Community Corrections


Christine “Christy” M. Gutherz was appointed deputy commissioner of Community Corrections in January 2015. Prior to this appointment, she had served as the Community Corrections Director (CCD) for Region II since 2003. She has worked in numerous capacities throughout her 22-year tenure with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC). She also worked five years with Keeton Corrections, as a case manager and a facility director. 

Gutherz began her career in corrections as a case manager at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF) in Rankin County.  From there, she transferred to Community Corrections as a case manager in a community work center. She also has worked as a probation/parole officer in Rankin County. Gutherz left MDOC to work for Keeton, where she distinguished herself as  “Director of the Year” in 2005. Upon returning to MDOC, she worked as a special projects officer and a compliance officer before being appointed as a CCD.  

Gutherz is a graduate of Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. She is a charter member of the Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals (MADCP), serving as president from January 2005-May 2006;  a member and past president of the Mississippi Association of Professionals in Corrections (MAPC); a member of the Southern States Correctional Association (SSCA); and a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA). She received the MAPC President’s Award in 1999 and 2000.

Gutherz completed the Certified Public Managers Program in June 2003. She has served as a board member and advisory board member for several community organizations in the Jackson area. She has provided training for Leadership Jackson, the MAPC and the MADCP. Her hobbies include travel, walking and gardening.