Director of the Department of Youth Services
Ryan Gies was previously the deputy director of the Division of Parole, Courts and Community for the Ohio Department of Youth Services. The division includes three bureaus—Parole, Community Facilities, and Courts and Community Services—as well as a number of initiatives involving community facets of Ohio’s juvenile justice system. Among these are RECLAIM Ohio, Targeted RECLAIM, Competitive RECLAIM, Behavioral Health / Juvenile Justice and other subsidies; state-funded community corrections facilities; private residential treatment facilities for male and female youth in DYS custody; inspection of county juvenile detention centers; coordination of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI); competitive grant funding; alternative revenue streams; and compliance with and grants received per the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Parole supervision of youth released from DYS facilities is coordinated through two parole regions, with five district offices located in Akron, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo.
Gies has worked for the Department since 1993, including the positions of bureau chief of subsidies and grants, subsidies manager, and community corrections monitor. Throughout his career he has worked with community programs for youth and subsidy funding to the county juvenile courts, including RECLAIM Ohio and the Youth Services Grant. His education includes a Master of Public Administration degree from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University in policy studies and magazine journalism.