Another change in leadership for Valley Ridge

NORWICH – Valley Ridge Center For Intensive Treatment has yet another new director, but only temporarily.

A spokeswoman for the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities said the maximum security institution’s former director, Carl Letson, was no longer on the job. OPWDD spokesperson Nicole Weinstein did not elaborate on his departure.



Valley Ridge CIT, home to approximately 60 developmentally disabled men who have committed crimes against people and property, has changed directors and day-to-day operations managers three times since being absorbed by Broome Developmental Disabilities Services Organization of Binghamton just two years ago. The intitial merger resulted in several staff reductions and uncertainty about the future of a local oversight group.

Former director of the Central New York DDSO John Gleason has stepped in at the Upper Ravine Road facility in Norwich “due to a change in leadership” and only “until a new director can be hired,” said Weinstein.


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