Juliet Follansbee has been named as the new executive director of the Psychiatric Security Review Board, whose previous director resigned amid a state investigation of board management.
Follansbee had been serving as interim executive director after Mary Claire Buckley was placed on paid administrative leave May 2. The state dropped its investigation after Buckley agreed in June to resign, and her resignation became effective Aug. 15.
Follansbee previously served as manager of the board’s gun relief program, which works to restore gun rights to Oregonians whose mental health backgrounds previously disqualified them from owning guns.
She has been with the board for more than three years, according to a news release about her appointment.
“Juliet’s experience with the board, and knowledge of what’s working and what needs improvement, will allow her to hit the ground running,” board chairs Kate Lieber and Eric Johnson wrote in the prepared statement.
Follansbee holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and a J.D. from the University of Hawaii. Follansbee previously managed a court-appointed advocate program in Kansas, served as a staff attorney for the Hawaii Legislature and served more than six years as an active-duty judge advocate in the United States Army, the news release said.
A board employee did not immediately respond to a message seeking information on Follansbee’s salary and benefits.
Buckley previously had an annual salary of $99,636, not including benefits.
The Psychiatric Security Review Board has had a rough year. In addition to administrative turmoil, a robber under the board’s jurisdiction escaped from a Milwaukie secure residential treatment facility in August. He was recaptured a week later.
In May, the board lost records containing the personal, medical or criminal information of 27 people after they were stolen from an employee’s car.
The Psychiatric Security Review Board has jurisdiction over people found “guilty except for insanity” of a crime. The 10 board members, who are appointed by the governor, have the authority to commit people to the Oregon State Hospital, conditionally release them to community-based programs, or discharge them from their jurisdiction.