Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced the appointment of Connie Gallagher to be Administrator of the Crime Victims Assistance Section of the Department of Justice's Criminal Justice Division. Gallagher replaces Mary Ellen Johnson, who retires on September 30 after 12 years of service.
"Mary Ellen Johnson has been a tireless advocate for victims, and all Oregonians owe her thanks for her many years of dedicated service," Myers said. "Ms. Gallagher is a worthy successor. She will bring to the Crime Victims Assistance program more than twenty years of experience in program administration and advocacy for crime victims, especially children. I am confident Oregon's victims of crime will benefit from her knowledge and leadership."
Over the past twenty years, Gallagher has held several positions in that field of child abuse prevention and treatment. Since 1995, she has served as Special Assistant to the Administrator of the State Office for Services to Children and Families where her responsibilities include development of public/private partnerships, statewide implementation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and System of Care, management of the agency's legislative agenda, and statewide strategic planning. At SCF she has also held positions as Program Development and Grant Support Manager, Child Protective Services Program Manager, Child Protective Services Program Consultant, and Sexual Abuse Treatment Coordinator.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1973 and her Masters of Social Work from Tulane University in 1976.
Gallagher's professional memberships include: Board member of Oregon Chapter of American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children; co-chair of the Oregon Interdisciplinary State Child Fatality Review Team; member of the Advisory Council on Child Abuse Assessment Centers; member of Children First; and State Liaison Officer for Oregon to the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.
The Department of Justice's Crime Victims Assistance Section compensates victims and their family members for medical, counseling and other expenses resulting from the crime committed against them. The Section also provides training in crime victims services, and grants funds to local entities that provide services for crime victims, including the Victims Assistance Programs of District Attorneys' offices, and many private providers. These activities are funded solely through assessments paid by state criminal offenders, federal funds, and revenue received from the state's share of punitive damage awards as authorized by law.
Contact: Kristen Grainger or Peter Cogswell, (503) 378-6002.