The retirement of Randy Shaw
By Julie Black
It is with a heavy heart and enormous pride that we celebrate the retirement of our Operations Chief Randy Shaw. His last day with the Health Security, Preparedness and Response Program (HSPR) will be October 31, 2013. “I’m really excited for him,” says his wife, Mary Shaw. But she also knows the transition will be a tough one. “He really loves his job.”
Randy started his career with the Corvallis Fire Department as a volunteer when he was just 17 years old. He was hired as a full-time firefighter in 1977. He became president of the firefighters union, was promoted to Captain in the early 80s and started the Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Team. He stayed with them until 1994 when he was hired as Chief for the Silverton Rural Fire Protection District. He retired for the first time in 2001.
He came to HSPR in December of 2002 and played a pivotal role in building our program. “Randy was one of the original members of the public health preparedness program. He helped establish our roles and responsibilities and brought our program to the high level of professional standards we hold today,” Mike Harryman, HSPR program director. He has managed the planning unit and for a time was the program’s only county liaison. He now manages 12 field staff including county, tribal and hospital liaisons, the preparedness information systems and the Health Alert Network personnel.
Some of Randy’s contributions include writing the public health portion of the TOPOFF 4 Homeland Security Exercise as a “trusted agent,” overseeing the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP), playing a huge role in our response to H1N1 and serving as incident manager for the winter storms of 2007, 2008 and 2012.
Randy is known by all for his vast knowledge, his experience and, maybe most of all, for his sense of humor. He has at times been called our “Chief of Humor.”
“Randy is an amazing boss,” says Tiffany Stafford hospital preparedness liaison in Region 6&7. “He appreciates people for who they are and their unique talents and respects us as responsible adults to get the job done. His support is greatly appreciated and he will be missed!”
“Randy will be missed,” says Deputy Director and Planning Chief Jere High, “He is a mentor, friend and confidant full of knowledge and with a keen sense of what to do next.”
So what will Randy do next? His wife Mary tells us that he looks forward to relaxing, doing a little wood working, pursuing volunteer opportunities and beating everyone he can in fantasy football.
We wish you the very best. You will be deeply missed.
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