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John McCartney
John McCartney
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death (Photo) - 01/10/18

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died Tuesday morning of apparent natural causes at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. As with all unexpected deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

John McCartney, 65, was found unresponsive in his cell and pronounced deceased at approximately 8:54 a.m., Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

McCartney entered DOC custody on March 29, 2007, on four counts of sodomy in the first degree out of Washington County. His earliest release date was April 9, 2018.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

OSP is a multi-custody prison located in Salem that houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.


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Assistant Director for Administrative Services Jim Paul
Assistant Director for Administrative Services Jim Paul
DOC announces Assistant Director (Photo) - 01/03/18

Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced the appointment of Jim Paul as Assistant Director for Administrative Services in mid-February 2018. The Administrative Services Division encompasses Information Technology, Facilities, and Warehouse Distribution.

Paul has been the Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) since February 2016, after serving as one of the agency's three assistant directors since 2010. His career in public service began in 1996 in the Oregon Department of Forestry's forest practices monitoring program. He went on to serve as the hydrologist for the agency from 1999 to 2003, providing technical and policy support on water quality initiatives.

In 2006, Paul was appointed State Forests Division Chief at Forestry, and then Private Forests Division Chief in 2008. He came to State Lands in 2010 to oversee the Land Management Division. During his tenure at DSL, Paul has overseen a number of agency initiatives, including the 2012 Real Estate Asset Management Plan, the remodeling of the DSL headquarters office, and the Elliott State Forest project. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Whitman College and a Master of Science in Forest Hydrology from the University of Washington.

"Jim's experience in executive level management coupled with his expertise in facilities and land management will serve our agency very well. As Assistant Director, he will be responsible for building on the efficiency and effectiveness of our "back-end" operations, while working closely with his team to build strong and stable relationships both internally and externally," stated Director Peters.

Paul made this statement following his new appointment, "It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the Director of the Department of State Lands, and to serve the State Land Board over the past two years. Since coming to the agency in 2010, I have consistently been impressed by our staff and their dedication to the important work we do. I'm excited about the opportunities to learn and grow professionally at the Department of Corrections -- a much larger agency -- and I look forward to being a part of their leadership team." The State Land Board is in the process of determining an interim director, who is expected to be appointed at the Board's February 13 meeting.

"Jim Paul has been a steady hand guiding the Department of State Lands over the past two years, providing thoughtful input, strategic planning, and a lot of hard work on tough issues," said Governor Kate Brown. "I thank Jim for his service and look forward to seeing his collegiality and insight at the Department of Corrections."

DOC employs 4,700 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,700 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.