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Oregon Department Of Corrections Promotes Agency Veteran Into Deputy Role

Oregon Department of Corrections
Brian Belleque, left, has been named interim deputy director of the Oregon Department of Corrections following the resignation of Kim Brockamp.

A long-time veteran with the Oregon Department of Corrections has been promoted to serve as the agency's interim deputy director. The move comes after the previous deputy director resigned after less than two years on the job.

Brian Belleque has been with the Department of Corrections for more than three decades, including roles overseeing some of the agency's 14 institutions. He'll serve as the top deputy to Corrections Director Collette Peters until at least next June.

Belleque steps into the role following the resignation of Kim Brockamp. She was appointed to the job less than two years ago. In an email to Department of Corrections employees, Brockamp said after 25 years with the agency, it was time to make changes to her work/life balance.

Peters said she'll launch a search for a long-term replacement for Brockamp next spring.