SOU alum to lead Grants Pass detention center

The Oregon Youth Authority has named a 22-year veteran of juvenile and adult corrections as its new superintendent at 100-bed Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility in Grants Pass.

Ken Jerin, a Grants Pass resident with prior leadership experience at the Rogue Valley facility, will start his new job Jan. 1. As superintendent Jerin will succeed Larry McKinstry, who is retiring.

Jerin has been an OYA employee since 1996 and worked for the Oregon Department of Corrections for eight years before that. Most recently he was the agency's chief of operations, working in its central office in Salem handling day-to-day security, staffing and operations at 11 correction and transition centers in Albany, Burns, Florence, Grants Pass, La Grande, Salem, Tillamook, Warrenton and Woodburn.

The Grants Pass center serves boys adjudicated for sex, property and person crimes and has a year-round high school operated by Three Rivers School District.

Jerin was program director there from 1998 to July 2009, and also served as acting superintendent from 2005 through April 2007. Previously, he was treatment manager for two years at the Tillamook Youth Accountability Camp, Oregon's first juvenile boot camp. He holds a master's degree in management and a bachelor's in criminal justice, both from Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

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