Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC), announced the appointment of Tom McLay as the Superintendent of Powder River Correctional Facility (PRCF) in Baker City. The appointment was effective October 1, 2019.
McLay has over 18 years of experience working for DOC and has been Acting Superintendent for PRCF since December 2018. He started his career in 2001 as a Correctional Officer at Snake River Correctional Institution and promoted to Correctional Sergeant and Correctional Lieutenant. In July 2017, Tom promoted to Institution Security Manager at PRCF.
McLay grew up in Payette, Idaho. He holds Basic and Intermediate certificates from Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), Supervisory Leadership Academy Certification, Organizational Leadership and Management Academy Certification from DPSST, and is a Certified Taser Instructor.
Director Peters stated, “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.”
PRCF is a minimum-security prison in Baker City that houses approximately 366 adults in custody who are within four years of release. PRCF serves as a transition and re-entry facility and is focused on cognitive programming, work programs, and preparing for return to the community. PRCF is home to the 128-bed New Directions (Drug and Alcohol Treatment) Alternative Incarceration Program. Individuals who successfully complete this 180-day in-prison program are released to the community for a 90-day transitional leave period. Those who successfully complete the transitional leave period are granted a reduction in their sentence and move to post-prison supervision. PRCF opened in November 1989.