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Jerry Granderson, director of the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, resigned on Sunday, April 17. (Amanda Loman/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

The director of the state agency that trains and certifies Oregon police and firefighters resigned Sunday in a letter to Gov. Kate Brown. The circumstances of the surprise resignation could not be established immediately.

Jerry Granderson was appointed by Brown to lead the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training last year, effective March 22. He retired from the FBI after 23 years.

Brown’s press office said via email Wednesday after Granderson was placed on administrative leave Friday, but provided no further details.

Granderson submitted her four-sentence letter of resignation on Saturday, but she gave no indication of the reason.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to you for giving me the opportunity to be your director and wish you immense success and happiness as you continue on your leadership journey,” he wrote. “I would like to express my immense thanks to the employees of DPSST to whom I wish the speed of God.

Granderson could not immediately be reached for comment, but he told The Oregonian/OregonLive he resigned after being advised on the findings of his recent assessment on Friday.

The governor asked Brian Henson to step in as acting director. He has worked for the agency for 20 years and recently led its operations division.

Henson told the Capital Chronicle he received an email Sunday from Granderson, sharing that he sent a letter to Brown resigning immediately.

“It was a surprise,” Henson said.

He said the email provided no explanation for the resignation. He said Granderson visited the agency’s headquarters in Salem on Friday. Henson said he did not know what prompted the resignation.

The agency trains and certifies approximately 43,000 public safety workers in Oregon. A 24-person board oversees the department. His current one is Darren Bucich of McKenzie Fire and Rescue, based out of Eugene in the community of Walterville.

-The Zaitz, Chronicle of Oregon’s Capital


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