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News Release
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution Announces New Superintendent - 12/03/18

Today, Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), announced changes to the DOC Leadership Team. Sue Washburn, will be the new Superintendent of Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI). She will begin this role on Monday, December 10, 2018. Brigitte Amsberry, current EOCI Superintendent, is retiring at the end of this month. We would like to thank Ms. Amsberry for her long career at DOC.

In 2005, Sue began her DOC career as the Human Resources Manager for Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI). In 2011, she became the work-out-of-class Food Services Manager for TRCI, permanently promoting into that position in 2012. In January of 2016, Sue became the Acting Assistant Superintendent of General Services at TRCI. Most recently, she was the Superintendent of Powder River Correctional Facility (PRCF). Sue attended both Portland State University and Eastern Oregon University, obtaining certifications in Human Resource Management and Public Safety Management.

Sue stated, “I look forward to joining the amazing team at EOCI, meeting community members, and supporting all the employees, contractors and volunteers. These individuals give their all to keep both the institution and the community safe.   While I have sincerely been blessed to work at Powder River Correctional Facility and will miss the people and this community, it is my honor and privilege to begin this new adventure.”

In the coming weeks, DOC will open a recruitment for Superintendent of PRCF. In the meantime, Thomas McLay, currently the Institution Security Manager, will be Acting Superintendent of PRCF.

EOCI is a multi-custody prison located in Pendleton that houses over 1,700 male inmates. The institution is known for its Oregon Corrections Enterprises industries, including a garment factory that produces Prison Blues©, whose products are sold in and outside the United States. Other industries are its embroidery and laundry facilities. EOCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, and inmate work crews. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.

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