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Press Release
June 17, 2010
President Obama appoints Director of Oregon Emergency Management as FEMA Regional Administrator
SALEM, Ore.-- Kenneth D. Murphy, Director of Oregon Emergency Management has been appointed by President Barack Obama as the Regional Administrator of Region-X for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Murphy has been with OEM since July 1999, and served as the organization's director since 2003. Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, will serve as interim director of OEM.

"Oregon is losing a real asset," Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski said, "But to have someone with so much experience at the regional level will be a big plus during disasters for the citizens of all four states."

FEMA Region-X includes the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Murphy currently serves on the Oregon Governor's Homeland Security Council, Governor's Search and Rescue Policy Council and Governor's Statewide Interoperability Executive Council for Oregon.

Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon, congratulated Murphy on his appointment.

"Ken's appointment underscores his sterling accomplishments, and the great reputation of Oregon's emergency management program throughout the nation," said Rees, who in his position as Adjutant General, oversees Oregon Emergency Management.

Additionally, Murphy serves as the vice chair for the Western States Seismic Safety Policy Council, member of the FEMA Region-X Regional Advisory Council; FEMA Headquarters National Advisory Council; chair of the North America Mutual Aid Committee, and is a past President of the National Emergency Management Association for the United States.

"Oregon is extremely proud of and thankful for Ken's contributions and we look forward to working with him in this new capacity," Kulongoski said.

In his new position at FEMA Region-X headquarters in Bothell, Wash., Murphy will be responsible for coordinating FEMA mitigation, preparedness and disaster response and recovery activities throughout the western states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Biography for Kenneth Dean Murphy, FEMA Regional Administrator, Region-X:

Kenneth Dean Murphy brings an extensive background in emergency services and coordinated response to his position as Regional Administrator. Murphy served with Oregon Emergency Management from 1999 to 2010.

As the agency's Director, Murphy was responsible for coordinating activities with state and local emergency services agencies. He also served on the Oregon Homeland Security Council, Oregon's State Interoperability Executive Council, the Governor's Search and Rescue Policy Commission, and the Governor's Recovery Cabinet, as well as on FEMA's National Advisory Council. Murphy oversaw the response and recovery for six Presidential and eight Gubernatorial disasters declarations in Oregon.

Murphy spent nearly three decades as a member of the Oregon Army National Guard, in traditional and active duty. During that time, he served as Director of Military Support to Civilian Authorities, where he was responsible for the Guard's coordination and response to emergencies. He also was Chief of the U.S. Army's European Crisis Action Team in Heidelberg, Germany, where he managed and coordinated military emergency response throughout Europe.

Murphy is a past President of the National Emergency Management Association. He is a graduate of Concordia University, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Naval Post Graduate School.
Kenneth D. Murphy, Regional Administrator of Region-10 for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Public Affairs Office: 503-584-3885.