The State Land Board on February 9 appointed Jim Paul as the director of the Department of State Lands. Jim has served as one of the agency’s three assistant directors for nearly six years. He replaces interim director Stephanie Hallock and the previous director, Mary Abrams.
Jim's career in public service began in 1996 in the Oregon Department of Forestry’s forest practices monitoring program. He went on to serve as the hydrologist for the agency from 1999 to 2003, providing technical and policy support on water quality and forest riparian protection rules and initiatives.
In 2006 Jim was appointed State Forests Division Chief at Forestry, and then to Private Forests Division Chief in 2008. He came to State Lands in 2010 to oversee the Land Management Division. Since an agency-wide reorganization in 2014, Jim has been the assistant director of the Common School Fund Property Program.
During his tenure at DSL Jim has overseen a number of agency initiatives, including the 2012 Real Estate Asset Management Plan, the Remediation Rules Advisory Committee for state-owned waterways, the Filled Lands Advisory Group, the remodeling of the DSL headquarters office, and the Elliott State Forest project.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Whitman College and a Master of Science in Forest Hydrology from the University of Washington.