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News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: August 15th, 2012 11:10 AM
Parole Board member named DOC assistant director for community corrections
A corrections professional with extensive experience in juvenile and adult community supervision, and who currently serves as a member of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post Prison Supervision (OBPPPS), will start Oct. 1 as the assistant director for community corrections for the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC).
Jeremiah Stromberg of Portland was named by DOC Director Colette S. Peters to lead the community corrections division. He succeeds Ginger Martin who accepted a position with Multnomah County. Stromberg will be responsible for direct oversight of two state-operated county community corrections agencies (Linn County and Douglas County) and will advocate for and work in partnership with all community corrections offices throughout the state. There are approximately 31,000 adults on felony supervision in Oregon.
"Mr. Stromberg's collaborative approach to addressing issues that public safety agencies face make him exceptionally suited for this position, which relies on strong partnerships with many stakeholders, including county sheriffs, community corrections directors, and district attorneys," said DOC Director Peters. "His broad background in corrections and community justice add to his excellent leadership and communication skills."
Stromberg's appointment as an OBPPPS board member in September 2011 followed nearly two years of service as the Board's executive director. Prior to his work with the Board, Stromberg spent 12 years with the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice in a variety of programs and units, including a juvenile sex offender residential treatment program, adult secure drug and alcohol treatment program, clean court supervision unit, DUII supervision unit, domestic violence unit, and the local control, hearings and pre-sentence investigations unit.
"My experience in the criminal justice system has taught me that not all offenders are the same," said Stromberg. "Our goal should be to determine individual risks and needs, and to apply proven, evidence-based practices to address those individual issues. Coupled with that, I believe we have a responsibility as a government agency to use our resources wisely, to be transparent in our decision-making, and to constantly look at innovative ways to improve our practices."
Stromberg also serves as a member of the Vera Institute's Safe Return Initiative Committee and has served as an executive member of the Family Violence Coordinating Council, a representative on Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Emergency Response Team, and a member of Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Drug Court Committee.
"Focusing on domestic violence offenders protects women and children who many times are not seen or heard," explained Stromberg. "Domestic violence intervention can prevent future violence by breaking the cycles of criminality within a family, while also promoting equality between men and women. It is for these reasons that I chose to not only supervise the domestic violence unit in Multnomah County, but to become actively involved in the larger domestic violence system."
Stromberg holds a B.A. in English from California State University, and a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Pacific Christian College.
DOC employs 4,300 staff members at 14 institutions and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. It houses more than 14,000 offenders who have been convicted of felony crimes and sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration.
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