I am happy to inform you that Texas Governor Rick Perry has appointed Debbie Unruh of Amarillo as the new Independent Ombudsman for the Texas Youth Commission (TYC). This appointment is effective November 1st.
Ms. Unruh is captain and jail administrator for the Randall County Sherriff’s Office, a former instructor for Amarillo College, and a past director of the Amarillo Bail Bond Board. She is a member of the Texas Jail Association, Sherriff’s Association of Texas, Texas Crime Victims Institute Advisory Council, and Region XVI Adult Education Advisory Board. She is director of the Prepare Inc. Prisoner Re-Entry Project, and a volunteer for Amarillo Family Support Services, Sharing Hope Ministries and Amarillo March of Dimes. She is also a licensed Master Peace Officer, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education instructor, internal affairs investigator, K-9 handler and private investigator.
Ms. Unruh received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Wayland Baptist University, a bachelor’s degree in human behavior from Newport Beach University, and received peace officers and corrections officers certifications from Amarillo College.
I look forward to meeting and working with Ms. Unruh. I am certain she will quickly become a valuable partner in our efforts to treat, educate and rehabilitate the youth in our care. Please join me in welcoming her to the Texas Youth Commission.
Cheryln "Cherie" K. Townsend
Texas Youth Commission
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
New TYC Ombudsman appointed
Perhaps the fourth time will be the charm. Via a letter from the executive director on TYC's website, we learn that a new Ombudsman has been appointed at the agency: Debbie Unruh, a jail administrator from Amarillo. Here's the text of the letter: