The Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs has named a new superintendent for its Tecumseh juvenile correctional center as part of a shake-up that followed recent violent disturbances at the institution.
Jerry Fry, of Bethel, will serve as the new superintendent of the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Tecumseh, said Gene Christian, executive director of the state Office of Juvenile Affairs.
Fry has been serving as a co-director for White Fields, a Canadian County group home that provides care for abused or neglected boys ages 8 to 18 who are in the custody of the state Department of Human Services. Fry is expected to assume his new duties Oct. 24.
In another move, Dick Parish was named interim director of institutional programs, the agency said in a news release. Parish now serves as deputy division administrator for the Office of Juvenile Affairs.
Fry will fill the position previously held by Mike Moriarity, and Parish will replace Elizabeth Stewart on an interim basis.
Moriarity and Stewart were placed on forced leave following a series of violent incidents at the Tecumseh center that included a nighttime attack on a boy that resulted in a brain injury, and two fights involving multiple residents that required assistance from Tecumseh police to restore order.
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Jerry has been a great asset to the agency in the past, and I look forward to working with him in his new role at COJC. He brings with him a great background working with troubled youth.”