SALEM — Oregon Emergency Management has hired a new director of plans and training. John Lewis will take the position, according to a news release from the Oregon Military Department. Lewis replaces Dave Cassel, who retired at the end of August after more than 20 years with OEM.

Lewis is a graduate of California State University-San Bernardino, the news release said. He joined the Army in 1987 and served in many capacities prior to a 15-year career with the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Lewis developed the DOC’s business continuity and emergency operations plans. The news release also said Lewis is a licensed instructor in several disciplines, including domestic preparedness and the incident command system, and that he won the director’s award for the Vernonia flood response.

— Phil Wright

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