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Press Release: December 14, 2011

Oregon State Police Superintendent Chris Brown announces retirement 

Governor Kitzhaber Appoints Deputy Superintendent Richard Evans to Top Post

(Salem, OR) —  Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Chris P. Brown today announced that he will retire from the Department effective January 1, 2012, and Governor Kitzhaber announced he is appointing Deputy Superintendent Richard Evans Jr. to be the Department’s 12th Superintendent pending Senate confirmation.
“During these tough economic times, Chris Brown provided the Oregon State Police with a unique perspective shaped by his previous experiences as a local Chief of Police and County Sheriff,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “His impact will be reflected in the coming years because of his vision and leadership for the men and women of this proud public safety agency.”
Brown, age 51, joined the Oregon State Police on January 1, 2008 and was appointed Superintendent September 1, 2010. During his law enforcement career that has spanned over 30 years, Brown moved to Oregon in 1980 and worked in numerous assignments for city and county law enforcement agencies.  In addition to holding the top office for the Oregon State Police, Brown also served as Chief of the Roseburg Police Department (1999 – 2003) and Douglas County Sheriff (2003 – 2007).
“After 30 years in a profession where making difficult decisions is what we do everyday, I am stunned by the fact that this is the hardest one I’ve ever made,” said Brown. “For as long as I can remember I’ve had a special regard for OSP, and the four years with the agency reaffirmed that the men and women here are extraordinary. I can’t articulate how proud I am to have had the opportunity to serve them, and I could not be more confident that they are in exceptionally capable hands with Rich.”
A 24-year Oregon State Police veteran, Richard Evans Jr. was appointed Deputy Superintendent November 1, 2010.  His career started in 1987 with an assignment in Executive Security before being hired in 1988 as a patrol recruit trooper with an initial assignment in Umatilla.  He has held positions as Major (Police Services Bureau), Captain (Office of Professional Standards), Lieutenant and Sergeant (Portland Area Command Office), and worked Patrol and Criminal Division assignments at numerous locations including Albany, Portland, Central Point, and Grants Pass.
“Rich brings a set of skills and vast department experience that will ensure a smooth transition and keep the Oregon State Police moving forward,” said Governor Kitzhaber.


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