OREGON -- Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton has accepted Jim Walker's resignation as state fire marshal.
The move comes hours after OSP announced that Walker had been placed on paid administrative leave. According to our sister station in Portland, KGW, a state police spokesman would not provide any additional details about why Walker was removed from duty other than to say it was part of an "internal personnel investigation."
While initially appointed as acting Oregon State Fire Marshal, Mariana Ruiz-Temple is now officially fire marshal for Oregon.
Ruiz-Temple was serving as the chief deputy fire marshal. She has been one of the public faces of the state’s fire response, appearing via phone at several media briefings this week alongside Gov. Kate Brown.
Superintendent Hampton said: "Mariana is assuming this position as Oregon is in an unprecedented crisis which demands an urgent response. This response and the circumstances necessitated a leadership change. I have the absolute confidence in Mariana to lead OSFM operations through this critical time. She is tested, trusted and respected – having the rare combination of technical aptitude in field operations and administration."
Walker has served as a state fire marshal since 2014.