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Oregon Department of Agriculture names insider to top role

By: - October 6, 2021 2:12 pm
Oregon's Department of Agriculture oversees a wide range of products from grass seed to fruit and vegetables to vineyards like those pictured here.

Oregon’s Department of Agriculture oversees a wide range of products from grass seed to fruit and vegetables to vineyards. (Oregon Department of Agriculture)

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has named a new deputy director from within its own ranks.

 The appointment of Lauren Henderson was effective on Sept. 29. He has worked for the agency for 22 years.

Lauren Henderson (Oregon Department of Agriculture photo)

“I can’t think of a better person for the position,” Alexis Taylor, the department’s director, said in a statement. “He is a personable, proven leader and creative problem-solver who can function strategically in the most challenging situations. I am confident Lauren will continue to provide ODA with strong leadership and stability during this time of transition.”

The change marks a lateral shift for Henderson, who has served as assistant director since 2006. In that role, he was the agency’s chief financial officer and oversaw programs for food safety, animal health, weights and measures and internal services. He will continue to make $155,000 a year, the department said.

The deputy director replaces the director when that person is absent, manages the department’s resources, oversees planning and monitors the overall effectiveness of the department, a spokeswoman said. Henderson also manages the department’s legislative agenda.

Henderson replaced Lisa Charpilloz Hanson, who had served as deputy director since 2005. Last week, Gov. Kate Brown made Charpilloz Hanson director of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

Henderson joined the agriculture department in 1999 as administrator of its Administrative Services Division. Before that he worked at the Oregon State Hospital in various roles.

Henderson was born and raised in Madras in central Oregon. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University. He has worked in state government for 35 years.

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Lynne Terry
Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry has more than 30 years of journalism experience, including a recent stint as editor of The Lund Report, a highly regarded health news site. She reported on health and food safety in her 18 years at The Oregonian, was a senior producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting and Paris correspondent for National Public Radio for nine years.