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Human Resources


Gail Levario, Assistant Director

The Human Resources (HR) Division serves the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) by focusing our efforts on our most valuable asset: our employees. We do this through recruitment, hiring, and retention of a diverse workforce of the best and brightest. The HR Division is here to provide guidance, technical assistance, training, and labor relations support – while continually striving to deliver best-in-class customer service. Human Resources oversees:

  • Background Investigations
  • Class/Comp Position Management
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Employee Relations
  • HR Investigations
  • Labor Relations
  • Professional Development
  • Recruitment
  • Workday Training and Support
  • Workforce Analytics
  • Payroll
You can see an expanded description of some of these areas in the drop down below.

About the Units

Employee Relations is a function of the Human Resources department that helps manage and foster a harmonious and productive workplace. One of the main goals of the Employee Relations unit is to strengthen the employer-employee relationships. Employee Relations oversees:

  • Employee performance evaluation procedures
  • Professional development and employee training
  • Labor relations, including the interpretation of union collective bargaining agreements
  • The restitution of employee workplace issues and grievances
  • Position classifications and allocation of positions throughout the department
  • Disciplinary polices

The Employee Relations department works in conjunction with other other departments within the agency - as well as other state agencies - to best serve its employees.

Agency DEI Mission

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is embedded in the department’s core values by:
  • Recruiting, retaining, and developing a diverse, high-performing workforce that draws from all segments of society and
  • Exceeding Oregon’s expectations for the promotion of and compliance in diversity, equity and inclusion.  
Agency DEI Vision

Be the public safety employer of choice with innovative employees that transform lives.


If you feel you have been harassed or discriminated against at the Oregon Department of Corrections, please contact our office. Complaints should be filed as soon as possible and preferably within 30 days of the most recent incident; however, complainants have up to 180 days to file a complaint. In some circumstances the 180 day limit may be waved upon the approval of the Human Resources Assistant Director. 

Individuals with complaints should contact their Human Resources Manager. 


New Employee Orientation
New Employee Orientation (NEO) is a 40-hour program offered to all employees and prior employees who have been away from the department for two years or more, and full-time contractors. The NEO program is designed to provide new employees base-line information on the mission, vision, values, concepts, principles, policies and rules of the agency, focusing on the Oregon accountability model.

Basic Corrections Courses
This comprehensive program prepares correctional officers to perform their duties within the context of the mission, vision, values and goals of the department. During their first year of employment, Correctional Officers will receive consistent, systematic on-the-job field training and coaching, classroom instruction, force skills, and on-line training in the basic knowledge and skills necessary for success. 

The BCC is a yearlong program incorporating classroom training, online courses, health and fitness classes, force skills training, and a comprehensive FTEP. The program is certified by DPSST and portable to other correctional agencies in Oregon. The content of the program is not altered at the institution level.

Annual In-service
Each annual 40-hour training program is designed to meet the training requirements for both custody and non-custody employees and contractors. The program´s design is based on employee surveys, focus group results, out-side regulatory agency requirements, and training need assessments, and the program’s design and presentation are intended to further the department’s mission and goals while strengthening teamwork and communication among and between staff and functional units.

Preparation for Supervision
This 32-hour national institute of corrections course effectively serves as an introduction to supervisory concepts and is designed for those staff who want to be considered for the next generation of department management.

Correctional Management Development Program
This 40-hour course provides basic correctional management knowledge focused on professional and business, as well as personal and leadership development.

Tactical Basic
This course is designed to expose department personnel to an overview of procedures and tactics to be employed to resolve a variety of emergency situations. Students will be exposed to proper deployment of containment and entry personnel; criteria for deploying emergency entry tactics; tactical operations center concepts; crisis negotiations concepts; and hostage rescue options. This is a hands-on, high-intensity course in which students practice tactics and techniques in the field that will develop, improve and enhance tactical skills. 

Contractor Orientation
This one-day program, specifically designed for the part-time contractor (less than 20 hours per week), provides the information needed for them to work within the department in a manner that is both safe and constructive for the worker, the inmates, and other staff with whom they will have contact. The program includes presentations on work-place safety, professional conduct, working with inmates, including special-need inmates, and institution security practices and protocols.

Basic Firearms
This three-day program is designed to provide basic training in the safe handling and usage of the department’s standard weapons, the .38 revolver, the shotgun, and the semi-automatic carbine. Students receive classroom instruction and intense hands-on practice, all within the context of the rule on use of force, including lethal force. Current department policy requires successful completion of this course only for those students who have been unable to satisfactorily pass the annual armed post qualification test.

Cell Extraction and OC Spray
The cell extraction class covers the basics of the department’s procedure for removing resistant inmates from their cells within the context of the Rule on the Use of Force, the composition of a cell extraction team, and the responsibilities of each team member. Students are then coached through one or more practice extraction drills. Chemical Agents are often a part of forced move situations. In this class, the various chemical agents available within the institutions are identified and each type’s specific uses, contra-indications and de-contamination processes are explained.

Range Master Training
The current one-week range master program trains selected staff to serve as department fire-arms instructors. The curriculum covers safety issues, training techniques, student and range management, a review of the Rule on Use of Force as it pertains to the employment of lethal force, and the specifics of the approved lesson plans for each of the department’s standard weapons as well as the curriculum for Mobile Patrol officers. Participants are expected to practice teach during the program. Successful graduates are qualified, under the supervision of the staff training section, to train other employees in any of the department’s fire-arms programs.

Train the Trainers​
The staff training section conducts "train the tainers" sessions for a variety of training topics within the orientation and in-service programs. Department employees interested in serving as an adjunct trainer may be required to attend the Instructor Development course, in addition to the more "content" oriented Train the Trainer sessions in their expressed areas of interest. Some Train the Trainer modules, such as Medic First Aid, require successful completion of a proprietary instructor trainer course, which is coordinated by, or taught by the staff training section.

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