THE OKLAHOMA COMMISSION ON CHILDREN AND YOUTH WELCOMES
NEWLY APPOINTED METROPOLITAN JUVENILE BUREAUS COMMISSIONER
Effective immediately, Governor Kevin Stitt has selected Brenda Myers from Lawton, Oklahoma to serve as the Commissioner for Metropolitan Juvenile Bureaus at the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth (OCCY).
Myers, who currently serves as the director of both the Comanche County Juvenile Bureau and the Comanche County Regional Juvenile Detention Center, offers more than 22 years of experience working with Oklahoma’s children and youth. She obtained her Bachelor of Psychology (with a minor in sociology) degree from Cameron University in 1996.
“It’s an honor to be selected by the governor to serve on a commission that mirrors the work I have focused my career on,” said Myers. “I know firsthand the importance of providing effective child-based services to Oklahoma’s children and I look forward to working with the commission to continue to accomplish this task.”
After graduating, Myers started her career in Altus, Oklahoma as a Spanish-speaking counselor at a battered women’s shelter known as the Associated Christian Ministries, Inc. (ACMI) House. During her time at the ACMI House, she provided services for women and their children which included job-hunting assistance, housing, financial help, and everyday life skills. She also provided outpatient/inpatient counseling for victims, batterers, and children.
In 1998, Myers began her career at the Comanche County Juvenile Bureau as an Intake/Probation Officer. Her major focus in this role was working with delinquent and maltreated children and youth. She rose the ranks quickly to become a supervisor in 2004.
“Commissioner Myers’ experience in Oklahoma’s child and youth service systems is a valuable asset to OCCY,” said Annette Wisk Jacobi, executive director of OCCY. “A professional who has extensive knowledge about working with delinquent and deprived youth is an important voice to bring to the commission’s table.”
As of March 2017, Myers has served as the director of the juvenile bureau. In addition to being appointed as a commissioner for OCCY, she was also recently appointed to serve as the coordinator of the Comanche County Multidisciplinary Freestanding Team as well as a board member of the Lawton Public Schools Foundation.
Myers notes her greatest achievement was in 2006 – the year her son was born. She stated that today he is a phenomenal 14-year-old – who is currently a freshman in high school.
About OCCY and the Roles of the Commissioners:
Since 1982, the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth has helped create a transparent system for children, youth, and families by bringing accountability and independent oversight into Oklahoma’s child and youth service system. Its mission is to improve services to Oklahoma’s children by planning, coordinating, and communicating with communities as well as between public and private agencies. Programs within OCCY include the Oklahoma Child Death Review Boards, the Post Adjudication Review Boards, Freestanding Multidisciplinary Teams, the Office of Planning and Coordination, and the Office of Juvenile System Oversight.
OCCY Commissioners meet to approve strategic plans, coordinate efforts between agencies, and make recommendations to the governor, legislature, and child-focused agencies. They serve without compensation for up to four terms of two years each. Ms. Myers was appointed by the governor to the seat dedicated for an individual whose profession is within an Oklahoma-based metropolitan juvenile bureau.
[Download Press Release] [Download Photo of Brenda Myers]