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Office of the Director

About our Leadership

Agency Director

A head shot of Director Peters
Colette S. Peters has served as Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) since February 2012. She has ultimate oversight of an agency with 4,700 employees; a biennial budget of $2 billion; and responsibility for managing 14,700 incarcerated adults in 14 prisons across the state. Ms. Peters played a crucial role in Oregon’s justice reinvestment effort, which reduced the prison population and avoided opening additional institutions.

Under Ms. Peters’ leadership, DOC enrolled in the Amend at University of California San Francisco and developed the “Oregon Way.” The goal is to improve employee health and wellness, and reduce the use of segregation, by transforming environments inside correctional facilities to be more normal and humane. The program has focused efforts on helping the adults in custody positively change their lives and become better neighbors.

Ms. Peters holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Colorado in Denver, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph, Minnesota.

Agency Deputy Director

Heidi Steward has served as the Oregon Department of Corrections Deputy Director since April 1, 2019.

Ms. Steward is a 23-year DOC veteran, beginning her career in 1996. During her tenure, Ms. Steward redesigned the department’s cognitive interventions toward evidence-based programs created specifically for criminal justice-involved adults. She implemented a new case management model allowing counselors to serve as change agents.

Ms. Steward served as a representative on two trips to Norway to learn the principles of humanity and normality applied throughout Norway’s corrections system. She has applied those best-practices and innovations to Oregon’s corrections system – both in employee wellness and bettering the environment of those in custody. Ms. Steward’s focus is on the professional environment, family well-being, and the culture inside and outside Oregon institutions. This has yielded notable improvements to the health and well-being of DOC staff and adults in custody.

Services Provided

All DOC divisions fall under the Office of the Director, and many divisions have their own functional units. The following services are provided within or in partnership with the Office of the Director:

Budget Documents

The Budget Office identifies funding resources and needs, develops the department's budget, and monitors activities that affect the budget. The resources need to support the projected growth in the state prison population, including funds to house and supervise offenders, plus those needed for support and administrative functions. 

The budget document is updated to reflect the Governor's priorities and again to reflect decisions made by the Legislature. 

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