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Press Release: February 15, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber Names State Agency Directors

Following up on his December request for the resignation of 24 agency directors to ensure the state is led by a team that shares a common commitment to transforming Oregon government, Governor Kitzhaber today announced the names of his directors.

“Our new approach to state government requires that state agency heads be change agents,” said Governor Kitzhaber.  “Our team shares a common agenda to change the way the state does business, and agency heads know they will be held accountable for results.”

Those who are designated as acting directors will be considered in director searches that are underway. 

Administrative Services

Kristine Kautz, Acting


Katy Coba

Business Development

Tim McCabe


Max Williams

Consumer and Business Services

Scott Harra, Acting


Bob Repine, Acting

Environmental Quality

Dick Pedersen

Fish and Wildlife

Roy Elicker

Health Authority

Bruce Goldberg

Housing and Community Services

Richard Crager, Acting

Human Services

Erinn Kelley-Siel, Acting

Land Conservation and Development

Richard Whitman

Liquor Control Commission

Steve Pharo


Larry Niswender, Acting

Oregon University System

George Pernsteiner

Parks and Recreation                         

Tim Wood


Paul Cleary

Oregon State Police                           

Chris Brown


Elizabeth Harchenko, retiring March 17th

Karen Gregory - Acting


Matthew Garrett

Water Resources                                            

Phillip Ward

Watershed Enhancement Board                    

Tom Byler

Youth Authority                                            

Colette Peters

State Lands

Louise Solliday


“I appreciate the hard work and commitment of all agency directors.  Oregonians are lucky to have such talented public servants committed to delivering needed services in the most efficient, effective means possible,” said Governor Kitzhaber.

Media Contact:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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