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Public invited to Jan. 25 forum with Oregon state forester finalists
Twyla Lawson, Oregon Department of Administrative Services, 503-373-7677
Dan Postrel, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-945-7420

Members of the public will have an opportunity at a Jan. 25 forum to meet with the three finalists for the position of Oregon State Forester, and to provide feedback through an electronic survey.
The forum is scheduled for 12:45-3:45 p.m. in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Salem headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem. The event is organized by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS), which is coordinating the recruitment process.
Twyla Lawson, senior recruitment consultant with DAS, said the forum will include opportunities to ask questions of the finalists (questions can also be sent to her in advance at Twyla.Lawson@state.or.us), and to use an electronic survey to offer input to the Oregon Board of Forestry.
The board is scheduled to meet in executive session at Forestry headquarters at 8 a.m. on Jan. 26 for final interviews, review of input, and discussion, and then to enter an open session to make its appointment decision. The new state forester will succeed Marvin Brown, who resigned in December 2010.
Lawson’s invitation and description of the Jan. 25 event follows:
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An invitation to meet the Oregon State Forester finalists
I’m writing to invite you to assist the Oregon Board of Forestry in selecting the next State Forester. As a stakeholder, we are interested in your thoughts about the candidates being considered for this important position. 
The Board has announced three finalists: Paul Bell, Associate State Forester and Fire Protection Division Chief with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF); Doug Decker, Acting State Forest Division Chief with ODF; and Jim Paul, an assistant director with the Oregon Department of State Lands, in charge of the agency’s Land Management Division.
The stakeholder forum is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, January 25 (detailed schedule provided below).  Further information about the candidates is available on the ODF web site, www.oregon.gov/odf.
The candidates will be asked to introduce themselves and provide a summary presentation of their background and experience. At the beginning of the forum, note cards will be provided for you to write down and submit questions you would like the candidates to address.
In formulating your questions, I recommend that you think about one or two attributes or characteristics that are important to you in this position. You are also welcome to email your questions in advance to me at Twyla.Lawson@state.or.us.
I know there is high interest in this selection process. As facilitator, I will do my best to fit in as many questions as possible.
At the end of the forum, audio recordings will be posted to the ODF web site. Also at the end of the event, we will provide a survey link to collect your feedback regarding the candidates’ strengths and weaknesses. The survey will be open until 9 p.m. The survey input will then be compiled and provided to the Board for their use prior to their making a final decision.
The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
12:45 p.m. - 1 p.m.        Orientation/explanation of the process
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.     Paul Bell
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.     Doug Decker
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.     Jim Paul
4:00 p.m. -  9 p.m.         Submit your feedback via the electronic survey        
If you have questions about the process or would like to submit questions for the candidates in advance, feel free to email me at Twyla.Lawson@state.or.us.  
Twyla Lawson, SPHR
Sr. Recruitment Consultant
HR Management & Consultation, DAS