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Governor Kulongoski Announces Appointment of New State Police Superintendent
Anna Richter Taylor
Communications Director
Office of Governor Ted Kulongoski
Office: (503) 378-6169
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Link to biography and photograph on OSP website:
Today Governor Ted Kulongoski announced the appointment of Chris P. Brown to the position of Superintendent of the Oregon State Police effective September 1, 2010 pending State Senate confirmation. Brown will assume the Department's leadership following the retirement of Superintendent Timothy McLain.
"Deputy Superintendent Chris Brown will provide the continuity of leadership needed for the Oregon State Police during these difficult economic times," Governor Ted Kulongoski said. "Chris also brings a valuable perspective from outside of the agency with his previous experience as a local Chief of Police and County Sheriff."
Superintendent McLain announced his retirement in July following over 31 years with the Oregon State Police, including nearly four years as the executive and administrative head of the Department since being appointed by Governor Kulongoski in 2006.
"Superintendent McLain has dedicated his career to the Oregon State Police and has been an exemplary Superintendent in challenging times," Governor Kulongoski said. "He has always put the safety of our citizens first and never lost touch with the troopers who put their lives at risk everyday for the safety of our communities."
Upon receiving Superintendent McLain's resignation, the Governor launched a recruitment process that included input from a variety of public safety stakeholders. Given the unique challenges that come with this uncertain economic time, as well as his diverse experience at the local, county and state levels, there was consistent and broad support for Brown to assume the role as the next Superintendent.
"During the last three years, Chris proved every day that he was a trusted advisor and leader during a time we faced, and continue to face, significant challenges," said McLain. "I leave at a time knowing that Governor Kulongoski's selection is putting the Department in very good hands. I have been proud to serve the Governor, the citizens of Oregon, our law enforcement partners, and the men and women of this proud agency."
Chris Brown had served as the Public Safety Service Bureau Commander for the Oregon State Police beginning in 2008. McLain appointed Brown as Deputy Superintendent in 2009 with responsibility for overall operations, policy and administration of the Department. Brown also previously served as Chief of Police for the City of Roseburg and as Sheriff of Douglas County.
Brown holds an Executive Certification from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, graduated from Northwest Christian College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management, and served on numerous board and committees at the state and national levels. He is a certified instructor in professional subjects including leadership and supervision, ethics, and traumatic incident intervention.
Brown will be the 11th Superintendent in the Department's history since formation in 1931. A link to past Superintendents can be found at:
The Oregon State Police is a full-service public safety agency providing diverse services to the citizens of Oregon. Our mission is to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the state. To realize our vision and accomplish our mission our objectives are to BE THERE (be ready and able to respond to the increasing needs of Oregonians); PREVENT HARM (engage in vigilant enforcement of laws and regulations while making Oregon's roadways safe and reducing our citizen's exposure to crime, fire and disasters); and, SUPPORT OREGON COMMUNITIES (providing specialized services and assistance throughout Oregon in support of the statewide public safety infrastructure).