MISSION, Oregon – After 20 months of interim executive directors, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has hired Ted Wright to fill the position left vacant when Dave Tovey resigned in in February 2016. His first day on the job was Dec. 3.
“He has hit the ground running,” Director of Communications Chuck Sams said. “Mr. Wright holds a PhD in education, particularly on tribal government and economics. He has a well-experienced background as an executive having worked for a number tribes over the last 30 years, and consulting for a number of tribes over the last 30 years.”
In an interview with the Confederated Umatilla Journal, Wright referred to himself as a troubleshooter. Sams says the new boss is taking a thorough approach to his duties.
“He said he would like to give a once over of every department and I think that that’s prudent for every director who comes into a new position,” Sams said.
Sams praised the department heads for their hard work over the last 20 months.
“This tribe has a long history and a strong government,” Sams said. “The staff members who run their different departments have done very well over the last 20 months, but we’re happy to have a single leader who reports directly to the board and acts as our liaison between the board of us. The community is excited to meet and learn more from Mr. Wright and we look forward to a long relationship.”
Wright is an enrolled member of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska.