TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The superintendent at the L.E. Rader Center is retiring after 20 months on the job. Everett Gomez, a former collegiate wrestler, took over the position in July 2007 and is set to retire May 1.
The 215-bed center is Oklahoma's only maximum-security lockup for violent youthful offenders. Before Gomez's arrival, the cash-strapped facility had trouble hiring new employees because of the low pay and the potential for being assaulted. Office of Juvenile Affairs executive director Robert Christian says he begged Gomez to stay because the center has improved since Everett took over. Before the Rader job, Gomez was placement director at OJA headquarters. Christian says Gomez will be replaced by Mike Moriarty, who has served as deputy superintendent of the Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Mid-America Christian University.