DYS director to retire


LITTLE ROCK — The director of the state Division of Youth Services announced his retirement Thursday.

Ron Angel, 66, who has headed the juvenile justice program at the state Department of Youth Services since 2007, will leave the post June 1.

DYS oversees a system of community and facility-based programs designed to address the needs of youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. The division is responsible for eight facilities and contracts with a number of community programs across the state.

Since Angel began serving as DYS director in June 2007, the agency has enhanced its educational and behavioral health services, reduced the number of children in state facilities and built state-of-the-art schools.

Angel also headed efforts to improve the Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center in Saline County. The Alexander unit has been released from nearly a decade of federal oversight.

“Ron came in and offered two things that DYS desperately needed: leadership and stability,” DHS Director John Selig said in a release. “With him at the helm, no problem seemed insurmountable.”

Selig applauded the management skills of Angel, who is retired from the Arkansas National Guard’s 39th Infantry Brigade and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

DHS Deputy Director Steven Jones, who has been Angel’s supervisor for six years, will serve as interim director until Angel’s replacement can be found,