Keri Waterland appointed Chair of Sex Offender Policy Board
March 4, 2016
TUMWATER – The Washington State Sex Offender Policy Board (SOPB), has appointed Dr. Keri Waterland as its chair. Her term, which began Jan. 22 is for two years.
Waterland is currently the Assistant Secretary of the Offender Change Division, which oversees evidence and research-based programs intended to reduce recidivism and enhance public safety. The division also oversees classification and transportation of offenders, the End of Sentence Review Committee, law enforcement notification of sex offenders, and community hearings and supervision of offenders classified as sexually violent predators who release from the Special Commitment Center.
Waterland, who’s been with the Department of Corrections (DOC) since June 2014, began as the Senior Administrator of Programs for the Offender Change Division. She was appointed as Acting Assistant Secretary of the division in October 2014, and was appointed permanently on July 1, 2015.
Prior to her work with the DOC, Waterland spent five years with the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), including two of which she served as State Hospital Forensic Policy, Programming and Legislation Administrator. She was also the Executive Director for the statewide Public Safety Review Panel and held various program administrator and clinical positions in the Center for Forensic Services at Western State Hospital (WSH) in Lakewood, Wash.
As chair of the sex offender policy board, Waterland will preside over all board meetings, appoint presiding officers and members of subcommittees, and decide all points of order.
She says she’s most looking forward to carrying out requested projects specific to policy issues related to sex offender treatment and registration requirements.
Waterland holds a Doctorate in forensic psychology with an emphasis in public policy and law. She also holds Master’s degrees in counseling psychology, forensic psychology and organizational behavior. She has experience as a psychologist, has performed pre-trial forensic evaluations, has worked as a chemical dependency professional and has developed and managed sex offender treatment programs.
About the Sex Offender Policy Board:
In 2008, Washington lawmakers passed legislation to create the Sex Offender Policy Board. The legislation created the board to coordinate an integrated response to sex offender management. The board is comprised of 13 voting members and is maintained by the Sentencing Guidelines Commission. The board is assigned a variety of duties that range from conducting individual case reviews to undertaking projects that inform policy related to sex offenders.