Truls Neal served as the Director of Multnomah County Department of Community Justice (DCJ) prior to retiring in October of 2018. He worked as a Corrections Professional for more than 30 years which included 14 years in community corrections management. During this time, Mr. Neal worked in various capacities in the criminal justice field including as a corrections counselor, juvenile counselor, and parole and probation officer.
Mr. Neal began his career in 1983 with Orange County Juvenile Probation in California. In 1992, he moved to Oregon and worked for 16 years for Clackamas County Community Corrections, serving as a Corrections Counselor, Community Service Coordinator, Parole and Probation Officer, Supervisor and finally as the Manager of the Parole and Probation Field Services.
In 2008, Mr. Neal was hired by Multnomah County. As a Senior Manager, he was instrumental in developing and implementing the Reentry Enhancement Coordination Program (REC), a successful prison reentry program which is still being utilized today. Prior to being assigned Deputy Director, Mr. Neal served as the Adult Division Director for DCJ. Additionally, he currently serves on the board for the American Probation and Parole Association. Locally, Mr. Neal served as an executive member of the Multnomah County Managers of Color.
Mr. Neal holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University, San Bernardino. In addition to his professional career, Mr. Neal is active in Northeast Portland and is involved with his community in his local neighborhood association and other community based organizations. His life mission is to build community at work, home, and in his neighborhood.