This article appears in the February 15, 2018, Marion County TODAY e-newsletter.
Troy Gregg has a passion for working with youth and it shows. From coaching youth basketball to working as camp counselor in college, Troy has made his career working with youth. After an almost 20 year career at the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA), Troy was hired as the Marion County Juvenile Department Director following the retirement of longtime director Faye Fagel.
At OYA, Troy served in multiple positions, including as a parole and probation officer for the north coast region, program manager at the Tillamook Youth Accountability Camp, and as the Superintendent of the Eastern Oregon Youth Facility and the Rogue Valley Facility in Grants Pass. His final position in OYA, prior to coming to Marion County, began in 2008, where he served as the Superintendent of the Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility until its closure and consolidation with the MacLaren facility last fall.
Troy said, "Throughout my career in juvenile justice, I have had the opportunity to work at every level except the front end – when kids first walk in the door. This is where you have the most influence; to help kids do the right thing, get them headed in the right direction. I'm excited about the opportunity to not only use my experience to help lead the department into the future, but also to learn more myself. I've been very impressed with Marion County's people and programs."
In addition to a full complement of youth programs, Troy also inherited two capital projects. A second juvenile courtroom is under construction and expected to open this spring and construction will begin on a new juvenile administration building later this year. "I am excited as we are moving into the final stages of the design process to create a building that supports the mission of the Juvenile Department both in appearance and atmosphere. Our mission is to provide youth accountability and opportunities for positive change and we want our new building to portray that we are here to create and support youth in those changes."
Troy and his wife Debbie are busy parents to three young children. As a family they enjoy traveling, geocaching, basketball, and activities at their church.