Undated Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. Photo: OSP
Oregon is in the midst of one of, if not the, worst fire seasons experienced in modern Oregon history. Today, without explanation, the state’s top fire official — Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker — was placed on paid administrative leave without explanation.
Hours later, the Oregon State Police announced that Walker had resigned and that Oregon State Police superintendent Travis Hampton had appointed acting State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple, to become the new Fire Marshal. Ruiz-Temple had been acting Fire Marshal for a few hours today, serving prior to that as Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal.
"Mariana has led with grace, transparency and courage," said Governor Kate Brown. "She embodies the experience Oregon needs to face this crisis, in this moment."
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