MISSION — Eric Quaempts has been named interim executive director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
The tribes’ Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that the new executive staff assignment was made Monday and was effective immediately.
“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the interim executive director,” said Quaempts, according to the release. “I hope to provide continuity for the board and organization, assist the board in framing their priorities, and help set the next executive director up for success.”
Quaempts has served the past 14 years as the director of natural resources for the CTUIR. Prior work includes serving as a wildlife biologist for both the Tribes and the U.S. Forest Service. He has also served for eight years on Oregon’s Watershed Enhancement Board, including five as co-chair, served as a BOT-appointed representative of the CTUIR’s Umatilla Basin Water Rights Negotiation Team, and on several water policy advisory groups in Salem.
Quaempts will serve in this interim capacity until the Board of Trustees hires an executive director. The search for a new executive director is underway and following the policies for recruitment and review, according to the release.
The trustees also reassigned Chuck Sams III, former interim executive director, to his regular duties as communications director.
“The Board of Trustee wishes to thank Chuck for his service,” said Gary Burke, BOT chairman, according to the release. “And we look forward to working with Eric in his role as executive director.”