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Snake River prison chief retires, takes interim post at Warner Creek

Brad Cain, former superintendent of Snake River Correctional Institution. (Submitted photo)

ONTARIO – Brad Cain, headed into retirement after five years as Snake River Correctional Institution superintendent, has taken a new prison post.

At the Oregon Department of Corrections’ request, he’s gone from leading the largest prison in Oregon to assuming the role of superintendent at the smaller Warner Creek Correctional Facility, near Lakeview. 

In 2020, the governor’s office announced that Warner Creek would close in June 2022, but later that decision was reversed.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jennifer Black said that Cain had announced his plans to retire in spring of 2021, following which “DOC leadership asked if he would consider going to WCCF for a year to close the institution.” 

Cain accepted, and decided to honor his commitment . . .