Legislators created the position in 2015 to oversee and centralize policy guidance of the state’s plan for reducing risks and improving recovery from the next catastrophic Northwest Cascadia subduction zone earthquake and potentially corresponding tsunamis.
Brown’s nominee, Derek Smith, a former CEO of Clean Energy Works, had no experience in disaster response or recovery.
“When I saw that nominee, I scratched my head,” said Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn. “I’m not sure how she chose this name out of a laundry list of people who have the skills to do the job.”
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