Representative Rick Lewis was appointed to House District 18 after the resignation of Vic Gilliam. Prior to joining the legislature, he served as Police Chief, interim City Manager and Mayor in Silverton.
Rick is a life member of the International Association Chiefs of Police and the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, serving as President of the latter. In 2005, he took a six month leave of absence from the Silverton Police Department to train the Iraqi police leadership in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Representative Lewis retired in 2012 after serving nearly 40 years in law enforcement including 28 years as a Chief of Police. He is a military veteran, having spent three years in the United States Army in the late 1960’s and two years in the Wyoming National Guard. He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. He has served on numerous state and local boards and commissions throughout the years, including serving as chair of the Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards and Training, chair of the Oregon Public Safety Memorial Fund board, chair of the Police Policy Committee, member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Advisory Committee, member of the Oregon Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee and many others.
Rick is a past recipient of the Silverton Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police Lifetime Achievement Award, a Meritorious Achievement Award for his service in Iraq and many other awards throughout his 50+ years in public service. He is past Adjutant of the Silverton Delbert Reeves American Legion Post.
Rick and his wife Pat have six grown children, a granddaughter and a grandson due in August.