Gov. Perry Names Richard Nedelkoff Texas Youth Commission Conservator
Houston County Courier - December/January 2007
On Wednesday, Dec. 19 Gov. Rick Perry named Richard Nedelkoff as Texas Youth Commission Conservator, effective immediately.
The agency provides for the care, custody, rehabilitation and reestablishment in society of Texas' most chronically delinquent or serious juvenile offenders. Nedelkoff’s 28-year career in criminal justice and corrections has made a positive impact in numerous communities, five states and the country as a whole.
“Impeccable leadership by conservators of TYC has helped Texas make great strides in righting a very troubled agency,” said Perry.
“Richard’s experience and expertise in juvenile and criminal justice make him the right person to finish the job at TYC.”
Nedelkoff is chief operating officer for Eckerd Youth Alternatives in Clearwater, Florida, a private not-for-profit organization that serves at-risk youth through residential and community-based programs in 10 states. In this post, he oversees the work of more than 1,500 employees and managed a $100 million operation.
Additionally, Nedelkoff was president of Riga Solutions Group Inc., a national management consulting firm that provides solutions for top-level federal, state, and local officials in public safety, justice, and health and human services.
Previously, Nedelkoff was appointed by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance within the U.S. Department of Justice, an office charged with providing national leadership and assistance in support of local criminal justice strategies to achieve safe communities.
He also served as executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Division under then-Gov. George Bush between 1998 and 2001.
Nedelkoff helped establish the Texas School Safety Center and Project Spotlight, and was appointed by Bush to be director of the Texas Crime Stoppers program.
Nedelkoff also served in leadership roles in the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and has worked with juvenile justice agencies in Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia.
Additionally, he was a member of the Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Crime Victims’ Institute and an ex-officio member of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.
He has worked with the District of Columbia to reform its current juvenile justice system, and other states to restructure various sectors of their juvenile justice processes and procedures.
“Having worked with Richard on a host of criminal justice issues for nearly a decade, I know that he is a man who gets things done quickly and gets things done right,” said Jay Kimbrough, former TYC Conservator.
“With decades’ worth of experience as a leader in justice matters, he is more than capable of instilling the fortitude to get and keep TYC on track.”
Nedelkoff received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, master’s with high honors from the University of Louisville, and a law degree from Capital University Law School in Ohio.