Deer Ridge Correctional Institution has announced the selection of Richard Ackley, of Keizer, as assistant superintendent of security for the 1,884-bed facility, effective Feb. 1.
Ackley is the third official named for the new institution. In October, Sharon Blacketter was named superintendent, and Kevin Hormann was named assistant superintendent of Transitional Services.
Ackley, 36, who has served as the security manager of Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland since 2005, began in the public safety profession in 1994, as a correctional officer in the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Prior to becoming a correctional officer, Ackley, who grew up in El Paso, Texas, was a catcher for a minor-league baseball team, the Riverside Pilots (an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners organization).
In 1995, he moved from Arizona to Oregon to work as a correctional officer at Oregon State Penitentiary.
While at the penitentiary, Ackley was promoted to lieutenant. He held positions as squad leader of the Tactical Emergency Response Team and Security Threat Group manager.
In 2002, he was promoted to captain at Oregon State Correctional Institution, where he served as special operations/emergency coordinator.
Ackley holds certifications in tactical operations, emergency preparedness, Homeland Security National Incident Management Systems, security threat groups, as well as seven incident command system certificates through Oregon Emergency Management.
He obtained his associate's degree from Vernon College in northern Texas, and is pursuing his bachelor's degree in public administration with the University of Phoenix.
Active in the community, Ackley volunteers with Keizer Little League, Salem Boys & Girls Club, Willamette Valley Hospice, and St. Edwards Church.
He lives with his wife and three children -- a 9-year-old son, and two daughters, ages 7 and 6 months -- in Keizer, and soon will relocate with his family to Central Oregon.
The move is exciting to Ackley, who has visited Central Oregon regularly for recreation. "I love the country. I love the people. Quality of life seems to be important to the people of Central Oregon and I share that same interest," he said.