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Director's recruitment 2022

Director's recruitment: 2022

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission holds the responsibility for hiring or appointing the DEQ director. Director Richard Whitman will retire in late 2022, and the EQC will complete a recruitment process from June to December 2022. 


This page will be updated periodically with information about the recruitment process, including timelines, announcements of special meetings and other supporting materials throughout the recruitment process.


July 28, 2022: DEQ issued a public notice requesting comment on the draft qualifications, required criteria and desired attributes for DEQ's next director, as discussed and amended at the July 21, 2022, EQC meeting.

July 21, 2022: EQC will discussed the recruitment of DEQ’s next director as Item K on the July 21-22, 2022, EQC meeting agenda

  • DEQ will issue the proposed draft hiring criteria, including the desired attributes, for public comment starting the week of July 25. 

June 22, 2022, news release: Director of DEQ, Richard Whitman, announces plan to retire at the end of the year 

Last updated: July 28, 2022


Please direct all questions, feedback and inquiries about the recruitment process to: