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Director Colette S. Peters
Colette S. Peters, Director
Colette S. Peters was appointed to serve as Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) in February 2012. She was named by Governor John Kitzhaber to lead DOC after serving as the Director of the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) for several years. Prior to her role at OYA, Ms. Peters served as DOC’s Inspector General and Assistant Director of Public Services.
 
As DOC Director, Ms. Peters oversees the operations and policies of a corrections agency responsible for managing approximately 14,000 incarcerated individuals in 14 prisons across the state. She has ultimate responsibility for the management of a department with 4,500 employees and a biennial budget of more than $1.4 billion. Ms. Peters also works closely with Oregon’s state-funded community corrections agencies to coordinate the local supervision of more than 31,500 offenders on probation and parole. 
 
As OYA’s Director, Ms. Peters gained a national reputation as a champion of using research and data to drive decision-making, improve outcomes for youth, and increase agency efficiency and effective­ness. Her achievements included overseeing the development of new, more effective assessment tools to evaluate youth offenders’ risk factors, treatment needs, and likelihood to reoffend. She also enhanced the agency’s ability to quickly move youth into the appropriate treatment settings to ensure they receive the individualized supports they need to become productive, crime-free members of soci­ety.
 
During her previous roles with DOC, she led the way in re-designing the Office of Inspector General, built long-lasting relationships with key stakeholders and policy makers, advanced the principles of the Oregon Accountability Model, and played a key role in helping DOC accomplish its mission. She has always been committed to the success of DOC, and as Director will continue to provide research-informed, innovative leadership.
 
Ms. Peters brings with her a wealth of knowledge that includes experience in adult and juvenile corrections, work on behalf of victims’ rights, and involvement with legislative leaders and law enforcement agencies in Minnesota and Colorado. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota and a graduate degree in criminal justice from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado.

 
Deputy Director

Deputy Director Mitch Morrow
 
 
Mitch Morrow, Deputy Director
Mitch Morrow joined the Oregon Department of Corrections in 1983 as a corrections officer at Oregon State Penitentiary. Rising through the organization, he served as the penitentiary´s assistant superintendent of security and as acting superintendent before becoming superintendent of Oregon State Correctional Institution in 1998. Mr. Morrow was named administrator of Oregon Corrections Enterprises in 2001, overseeing the prison industries branch of the agency and guiding its conversion to a semi-independent state agency. Mr. Morrow became DOC´s assistant director for Institutions in 2002, and deputy director in September 2003. 
 
Mr. Morrow is a graduate of George Fox University and has a master´s degree in business administration. He holds multiple certifications from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and the National Institute of Corrections.


 
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