Former Navy man leading Deer Ridge

by: Photo by Holly M. Gill - DRCI Superintendent Rick Angelozzi has reminders of his U.S. Navy career – such as the ship he brought back from Rota, Spain – decorating his office.

   After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Rick Angelozzi, has spent the past 11 years in a new career with the Oregon Department of Corrections.
   Last month, Angelozzi, 54, became the new superintendent of Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, replacing Joe DeCamp, who transferred back to Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland, where DeCamp is the new superintendent.
   Angelozzi is in the process of moving his family to Madras from Lakeview, where he had been the superintendent of Warner Creek Correctional Facility for the past three years.
   The new superintendent has been impressed with the staff, who "know what they're doing," as well as the people in the community.
   "Everywhere I've gone, I've felt welcome," he said.
   Currently, DRCI has about 761 inmates in its minimum-security prison, where the capacity has been expanded to hold 787 inmates. Warner Creek had about 400 inmates. The minimum-security portion of DRCI opened in September 2007, with 644 beds.
   A total of 187 employees, including contract staff, operate the prison, which has a separate 1,228-bed medium-security prison that was completed in 2007, but has not yet been opened.
   Angelozzi doesn't anticipate opening the medium-security prison anytime soon. "It's up to the Legislature; the big cost there is staff," he said. "About 200 employees would be needed."
   A native of Trenton, N.J., Angelozzi joined the U.S. Navy after high school and spent 23 years in the service, stationed at the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C., on the USS Saipan, the USS Proteus, and with the Military Sealift Command in New Jersey.
   He retired in 2000 as a senior chief information technician.
   While in the Navy, Angelozzi obtained his associate's degree in general studies from the European Division of the University of Maryland, in Rota, Spain, where he spent three years.
   After graduating suma cum laude from St. Leo University, near Tampa, Fla., with a bachelor's degree in sociology, he went on to earn a master's degree in business administration, with an emphasis in technology management, from the University of Phoenix. Since then, he has taught criminal justice online, through the University of Phoenix.
   In Lakeview, Angelozzi, a lifelong member of VFW, was the chairman of the school board, and active in the Rotary club. "I'll be interested in becoming active with the school board," he said, adding that he is also transferring his Rotary membership here.
   Angelozzi and his wife, Roberta, have three adult children, and are looking forward to enjoying the Central Oregon area. "If you like the outdoors, there are too many things to do," he said.
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