DCJ Director Truls Neal
Truls Neal is the Director of Multnomah County Community Justice (DCJ). He is responsible for promoting department-wide goals, continuous quality improvement, and aligning resources to carry out the strategic plan for Community Justice.
Truls has worked as a Corrections Professional for the past 25 years. He has worked in various capacities in the criminal justice field including as a corrections counselor, juvenile counselor, parole and probation officer and fourteen years in management. He began his career in California with Orange County Juvenile Probation. In 1992, Truls moved to Oregon to work for Clackamas County Community Corrections.
Prior to being assigned Deputy Director Truls served as a the Division Director for Multnomah County Department of Community Justice's Adult Division. Truls holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from California State University, San Bernardino.
In addition to his professional career, Truls is actively involved with his community in his local neighborhood association and other community based organizations.
DCJ Deputy Director Erika Preuitt
Erika Preuitt is the Deputy Director of the Department of Community Justice. Her core value is that people can change. She is committed to evidence based practices, community engagement and community partnership. Her over 20 years of experience within DCJ has helped to shape and anchor these values.
Erika's experience includes working with intensive case management and the Adult Gang Unit as Probation and Parole Officer. She served the Department as Community Justice Manager for 8 years. Her responsibilities were diverse and included supervising Centralized Intake, the Peninsula Field Office, Juvenile Services (Intake, Day Reporting Center and Skill Development program), Day Reporting Center and North District Field Office.
Erika was promoted to District Manager and served DCJ in this capacity for 9 years. She provided leadership and oversight in areas related to the mentally ill, African American Program, Community Partners Reinvestment Program, Justice Involved Women, services to gang members, generic supervision, family services, community service, Day Reporting Center and Londer Learning Center. Erika was the Adult Services Division Director for two years prior to becoming Deputy Director.
Erika is also an active member of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). She was a participant in the inaugural Leadership Institute and has grown within the association to become a Regional Representative, At Large Representative serving on the Executive Committee, APPA Secretary and now serves the association as President Elect. Erika is honored to be able to serve in leadership roles locally, nationally and international engaging in work that benefits justice involved individuals and the communities in which they live.
Juvenile Services Division Director Deena Corso
The Department of Community Justice serves a vital role in protecting public safety and the strength of our communities. We intervene to prevent recurrence of crime among juvenile and adult defendants and offenders by supervising them and helping change behavior. We provide supervision and treatment resources to youth, adults, families, and communities to address the underlying issues and problems that drive crime. We value a just and equitable system, collaborative relationships, diversity and cultural responsiveness, healthy families, information-based decisions, innovation, investing in employees, respect for all, and careful stewardship of the public's resources.
These priorities are evident in the following efforts:
- Business Applications & Technology
- Business Services
- Community Contracts Management
- Crime Victim Services and Restorative Justice
- Diversity and Equity
- Human Resources
- Background and Internal Investigations, and HIPAA
- Volunteer Services
- Policy and Communications
- Research and Planning
- Treatment Services