Gene Christian, executive director of the state Office of Juvenile Affairs, told agency board members... Read More
The OJA's Gene Christian said talks have been ongoing since January and could be... Read More
• Winter 2009: Office of Juvenile Affairs Director Gene Christian
may have to shut down because of budget cuts.
• January 2010: Christian
tours a Rite
of Passage academy in Colorado.
• April 15: Christian
chief of staff eat dinner at a private club in downtown Oklahoma City with officials from Rite
of Passage and Ada.
Brad Henry signs bill requesting proposals for new juvenile center; Christian
and Coates meet in Coates' office.
• Nov. 23: Christian
announces intent to award contract for new juvenile center to Ada Youth Academy Authority, which had retained Rite
of Passage to operate the center; contract also calls for expansion of an existing juvenile center in Tecumseh to make it suitable for maximum-security juvenile inmates.
The director is Gene Christian
, who has been a key player in the agency's effort to find a replacement for Rader
of Passage earlier this year
hired Atwood for consulting work and hosted Coates, Christian
and several legislators at one of its campuses in Colorado while discussions were underway about building a new juvenile center in Oklahoma.