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Announcement - New Deputy Supertintendent, Other Key Command Staff Positions
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Chris P. Brown announced the appointment of Major Richard Evans Jr. to the position of Deputy Superintendent responsible for the overall day-to-day operations, policy and administration of the Department. The appointment, effective November 1, 2010, fills the position opened when Brown was appointed as the Department's new Superintendent.
"Rich has a particular set of skills and experience that I think will be necessary in order to keep us moving forward during extraordinarily difficult times," said Brown. "His vast portfolio of accomplishments, integrity and character are well known. He will do a tremendous job for our citizens and this agency, and I'm thankful to have him in this critical position."
Evans, age 45, was appointed in August 2009 as Major of the Police Services Bureau which includes the Patrol Services Division, Fish & Wildlife Division, and the three region command headquarters. His OSP career started in 1986 as a Cadet before being hired in 1988 as a patrol recruit trooper with an initial assignment at Umatilla.
During the last 22 years, Rich also served as Captain overseeing the Office of Professional Standards, and as a Lieutenant in charge of the OSP Portland Area Command office. He also worked in Patrol and Criminal Division assignments at numerous locations including Albany, Portland, Central Point, and Grants Pass.
In addition to this announced assignment, the following Department command staff reassignments will also take effect on the same date:
  • Major Maureen Bedell will move from the Public Safety Services Bureau to oversee the Police Services Bureau.
  • Captain Joel Lujan, current director of the Patrol Services Division, will be promoted to Major of the Public Safety Services Bureau.
  • Lieutenant Michael Dingeman will be promoted to Captain of the Patrol Services Division.
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).