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November 25, 2009

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287

Tim O’Dea Honored for Years of Service with DHHS

Lincoln – Tim O’Dea, facility administrator of the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney, is retiring on November 30. The YRTC-K is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

“Tim’s leadership, dedication and commitment to the youth and staff will be greatly missed,” said Todd Reckling, director of the Division of Children and Family Services in DHHS. “I appreciate the positive difference he’s made in people’s lives, especially in helping so many young men over the years.”

O’Dea began his career at what was then known as the Youth Development Center from 1970 to 1976, serving as a Recreation Aide, Basic Education Teacher, Cottage Counselor, Youth Caseworker and Recreation Director. He left to become a school counselor and then the Principal at the Pleasanton Public School from 1978 to 1988.

O’Dea returned to the YRTC-Kearney in 1988, serving as Principal until he became Facility Administrator in 1993. He was appointed by Governor Heineman as a member of the Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice in 2007.

“Tim has strong community ties and always focuses on the best interests of youth being served at the facility,” Reckling said. “I wish him the very best.”