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Press Release: January 31, 2012

Governor Kitzhaber nominates Colette S. Peters to direct Department of Corrections 


(Salem, OR) —  Governor Kitzhaber announced the nomination of Colette S. Peters to direct the Department of Corrections. The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.
“Colette has the skills and experience to lead our efforts to improve Oregon’s public safety system, continue our dramatic reductions in crime and better protect the public at less cost,” said Governor Kitzhaber.
As the Oregon Youth Authority Director, Ms. Peters became nationally known as a champion of using research and data to drive decision-making, improve outcomes for youth, and increase agency efficiency and effective­ness. Her achievements include overseeing the development of new, more effective assessment tools to evaluate youth offenders’ risk factors, treatment needs, and likelihood to reoffend. She 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.
“I am honored to have been asked by the Governor to take on this role, and I look forward to working with the Department of Corrections’ leadership team to build on past successes and address the issues and challenges ahead,” said Ms. Peters.
Her background includes working at the Oregon Department of Corrections as Assistant Director and Inspector General, and prior to that with the Colorado Legislative Council and the Victim Assistance Unit of the Denver Police Department. Ms. Peters earned her master’s degree in criminal justice from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado in Denver, and her bachelor’s in psychology from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.
Ms. Peters will serve as acting director of Corrections pending Senate Confirmation. Mr. Fariborz Pakseresht will serve as interim director of the Oregon Youth Authority.
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