A man who grew up in Payette was appointed on Oct. 1 as the new superintendent of Powder River Correctional Facility, a minimum-security prison in Baker City.
According to a news release from the Oregon Department of Corrections, Tom McLay has more than 18 years working in corrections.
McLay started his career as a correctional officer at Snake River Correctional Institution; while there he was promoted to correctional sergeant and correctional lieutenant. In July of 2017, he was promoted to institution security manager at Powder River, and has been the acting superintending of the facility since December of 2018, according to the release.
McLay holds basic and intermediate
certificates from Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Supervisory Leadership Academy Certification, Organizational Leadership and Management Academy Certification from DPSST, and is a certified Taser Instructor.
“Tom brings a vast knowledge of solid security practices and works collectively with all institution partners and community stakeholders to ensure processes are followed and that PRCF continues to be recognized as Oregon’s largest drug and alcohol treatment provider for adults in custody,” said Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Powder River houses about 366 adults who are within four years of release, and serves as a transition and re-entry facility for ODOC.