Perry names new TYC conservator

Staff Report

The Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - Governor Rick Perry today named a former aide to President Bush as the new conservator of the troubled Texas Youth Commission.

Richard Nedelkoff was a Texas criminal justice director under then-governor George W. Bush before serving as director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance in Washington.

Nedelkoff has been chief operating officer for Eckerd Youth Alternatives -- a private, not-for-profit firm in Clearwater, Florida, that serves at-risk youth.

Texas leaders earlier this year ordered an overhaul of the TYC to address a scandal stemming from sexual abuse of inmates and agency mismanagement.

Former TYC conservator Jay Kimbrough has worked with Nedelkoff and says he's more than capable of instilling the fortitude to get and keep TYC on track.

-- Nedelkoff has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University, a master's from the University of Louisville and a law degree from Capital University Law School.