PENDLETON, Oregon – The Oregon State Police has promoted Lt. Mike Turner to captain and placed him in charge of the East Region Field Operations Bureau. That region includes all of Eastern and Central Oregon. Until Oct. 1, the region’s bureau was in Bend, but that’s changing. In an email to police chiefs and sheriffs in the region, OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton told them Turner would be staying put.
“Mike will continue to be housed in Pendleton, where he will lead our operations from his current command location,” Hampton stated.
Turner, who has taken the reins from Capt. Rob Edwards who retired on Sept. 30, is pleased to be able to remain in Umatilla County.
“The position had been previously stationed in Baker City many years ago, and most recently in Bend,” Turner stated. “Bend is our East Region headquarters, but I’ll be serving in the captain’s position and remain living in Umatilla County. I was born and raised in Eastern Oregon and have spent many years as a member of OSP working in this area as well as raising my family.”
Turner will oversee the region’s operations for its patrol, criminal, and fish and wildlife divisions. Meanwhile, he is hoping to fill the vacancy left in the patrol division by his promotion in the near future.
“I anticipate several local OSP employees will be applying for the position, although it’s open for our employees statewide,” he wrote. “The hiring process for that position will include local partner law enforcement agency participation.”