Prison names new superintendent

Blacketter promoted to regional post

by: Submitted photo - Joe DeCamp

   Sharon Blacketter, superintendent of Deer Ridge Correctional Institution since October of 2006 has accepted a new position with the Oregon Department of Corrections.
   While no longer with the DRCI, she will still oversee some components of its operations. In her new position as Eastside Institutions administrator, Blacketter will oversee six of the 14 institutions in the state.
   Parrish Van Wert, community development coordinator with Deer Ridge commented, "While it is hard to see her go, we will have an even greater advocate for our institution and community."
   "I knew when I met Sharon that she was one of the mostly highly respected superintendents in the department," he added. "It's really no surprise that she was selected to head the eastside administration."
   Joe DeCamp, assistant superintendent of general services at DRCI since May of 2006, has been selected to the position of interim superintendent.
   Over the past 17 years, DeCamp has served in a number of positions at various institutions and recently has overseen the minimum security operations.
   "I understand the responsibilities that come with this assignment and also recognize that I am following a great leader," he said.
   "I will strive for continued improvement towards institution development with the same commitment and energy that Ms. Blacketter has displayed," he continued. "I look forward to enhancing our culture, operations and relationships with the community."
   Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, located four miles east of Madras, started receiving inmates in September of 2007. It includes a 644-bed men's minimum and 1,223-bed men's medium security prison.