Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2000

Corrections Department Realigns Top Jobs

(Columbus) --- On June 5, 2000 the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) realigned the duties of some of its top positions. In announcing the changes, DRC Director Reginald A. Wilkinson said, "Our goal is to further enhance the agencyís service to the prisons by improving access and response time to institution concerns and questions. The changes also reflect the growing and changing nature of the Departmentís mission, responsibilities and accountability to the public."

Terry Collins, 47, formerly the South Regional Director, will become Deputy Director of Institutions. Collins began his career in 1977 as a social worker at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF). Collins has served as warden at the Lorain and Ross Correctional Institutions (RCI) as well as SOCF. Collinsí vast knowledge and experience of prison management will allow him to focus on prison issues and to concentrate on setting policy and maintaining consistency. Collins has a BA in Sociology from Morehead State University and an MS degree in Corrections from Xavier.

Reporting to Deputy Director Collins are Steve Huffman as North Regional Director and Ron Edwards as South Regional Director.

Huffman, 48, entered the field in 1981 at the London Correctional Institution as a commissary manager and pre-release coordinator. He has worked all deputy warden positions and served as security administrator for the south region. Huffman served as warden in 1995 at the Southeastern Correctional Institution and SOCF in 1997. Most recently, he has been working at DRCís central office as chief of the Bureau of Construction, Activation and Maintenance. Huffman has a B.S.S. degree from Ohio University.

Edwards, 47, started his career as a corrections officer at the Lebanon Correctional Institution in 1974. Edwards was most recently warden at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient and has also served as warden at Northeast Pre-Release Center, Ross and Dayton Correctional Institutions. This year the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents named Edwards Warden of the Year. Edwards holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Wilmington College.

For more information contact the Office of Public Information at (614) 752-1150.