Robert E. “Gene” Christian Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) Executive Director has announced the new Superintendent at COJC (Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center) in Tecumseh. 


Robert E. “Gene” Christian Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) Executive Director has announced the new Superintendent at COJC (Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center) in Tecumseh.  

“I am pleased to bring Jerry Fry back to our agency.  Jerry has been a great asset to the agency in the past, and I look forward to working with him in his new role at COJC.  He brings with him a great background working with troubled youth.  He will continue our program oriented treatment options and help us as we move forward.  Fry is a long standing member of the community with an extensive background in residential programs,” stated Christian.

Fry has worked with children and their families for more than 23 years. He has worked as a Deputy Superintendent and eventually moved into the position of Administrator of Programs at COJC from 2001 to until 2003.  He worked for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, holding key administrative positions at both agencies. He earned both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s Degree from East Central University. Fry has been awarded two Governor’s Commendations for his work with children and was named a Distinguished Oklahoma Citizen by the Oklahoma House of Representatives for his involvement with children’s issues. Fry presently serves on a number of boards and commissions including the Pottawatomie County Post Adjudication Review Board, the State Post Adjudication Review and Advisory Board, the State Child Abuse Training and Coordination Council, the OKCARE Board of Directors, Mission Tecumseh Board of Directors, and Crossroads Youth and Family Services Board of Directors. He previously served as a commissioner for the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth.

He is also a graduate of the inaugural Leadership Tecumseh class. Jerry, his wife Dawn and their children Ethan and Evan live in Bethel and are active members of Broadway United Methodist Church in Tecumseh.

Dick Parish who currently serves as Deputy Division Administrator has been named as interim Administrator of Institutional Programs.  He and Fry have worked together previously at OJA and are looking forward to renewing their professional relationship and the opportunities to work with the youth within the OJA system in their new roles.