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Press Release: March 15, 2012

Governor Kitzhaber appoints Fariborz Pakseresht to direct Oregon Youth Authority 

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Fariborz Pakseresht to direct the Oregon Youth Authority, pending Senate confirmation.

Mr. Pakseresht has served as Interim Director of the Oregon Youth Authority since February 2012. He joined OYA in 2008 after seven years in a variety of leadership roles with the Oregon Department of Human Services and 12 years at the Oregon Department of Administrative Services.  

“Mr. Pakseresht brings a wealth of knowledge and experience helping Oregon agencies better serve our citizenry,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “His leadership of the Oregon Youth Authority is a natural extension of the work he’s done there to improve accountability and meet meaningful goals.” 

Pakseresht is a proponent of efficiency, effectiveness and transparency in government. He sponsored the development of a new Oregon Youth Authority Performance Management System, which tracks performance against goals for more than 100 core processes. Key to the success of that system is the involvement of employees at all levels and locations within the agency, and quarterly reports of outcomes. This system is serving as a model for other agencies in Oregon and throughout the nation. 

“It is an honor and a privilege to be asked by Governor Kitzhaber to serve in this role. I look forward to working with the Governor, Legislature, and our many partners and stakeholders to improve outcomes for youth and promote public safety,” said Mr. Pakseresht.

Mr. Pakseresht Photo Link

Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324



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