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New Forensic Services Division Director Appointed
Major Chris P. Brown
Public Safety Services Bureau
Office: (503) 934-0235

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Oregon State Police Superintendent Timothy McLain announced the appointment of a
veteran Forensic Services Division employee as the division's new director.

RANDALL L. WAMPLER, age 46, was named Director of the Oregon State Police
Forensic Services Division following the retirement of previous director, David Schmierbach.  WAMPLER is a native Oregonian who grew up in the Roseburg and Eugene areas.  He graduated from Willamette High School in Eugene and then attended Oregon State University from where he graduated in 1984 with a degree in Microbiology.

WAMPLER started his Oregon State Police career in June 1985 as a laboratory technician at the Portland Forensic Laboratory.  He was appointed as a Criminalist in 1986 and worked most of his career in forensic serology and the DNA section before moving into a management position in 2000.

In addition to his educational and work-related experiences, WAMPLER has also received training through the FBI Academy, Forensic Management Academy sponsored by the National Institute of Justice & West Virginia University, Portland State University, and the Oregon Executive Development Institute.  He is a member of the Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.

"Randy's portfolio of education, experience and performance, demonstrated over a sustained period of time has positioned him well for this job.  He also places a high priority on working with our partners which is very important for this agency," said Major Chris Brown, Public Safety Services Bureau Commander.

The Forensic Services Division is a nationally accredited forensic laboratory system serving all state and local law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and prosecuting attorneys in Oregon. The Division also performs forensic analysis on criminal cases for the defense upon a court order. More information about the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division is available at