March 10, 1987

The President today announced his intention to nominate Verne L. Speirs to be Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice. He would succeed Alfred S. Regnery.

Since 1985 Mr. Speirs has been Administrator, Office for Victims of Crime/Federal Crime Victims Assistance Administrator. Previously, he was the Executive Assistant to the Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board, 1982 - 1985; assistant project director/field representative, California State Board of Corrections, 1980 - 1982; institutional supervisor, Sacramento County Department of Probation, 1979 - 1980. Mr. Speirs served on the administrative staff, law and justice agency, Sacramento County, 1978 - 1979; and in other positions within the California State justice system, from 1966 to 1975.

He graduated from California State University (B.A., 1966; M.S., 1972). Mr. Speirs is married, has two children, and resides in Vienna, VA. He was born June 10, 1942, in Klamath Falls, OR.