SALEM - Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced July 15 that his Natural Resources Policy Director, Jim Brown, will retire effective Sept. 1. Brown was appointed to the position in January 2003 and is retiring to spend time with his family after a distinguished career in state service.

"Jim's lifelong commitment to forestry issues and his expertise have been an asset in my goal to provide responsible long-term stewardship of Oregon's natural resources and to promote our economy and quality of life," said the governor. "Jim has provided exemplary service and he will certainly be missed."

The governor's office is currently conducting a search for a new natural resources policy director.

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