Representative Rick Lewis was appointed to represent
House District 18 in February 2017 and elected to the seat in November 2018 for
a two-year term. Prior to serving in
the Legislature, Lewis served as the Mayor and interim City Manager for the
City of Silverton, Oregon. Prior to
being elected Mayor, he served for 14 years as Chief of Police in Silverton,
retiring from law enforcement in 2012.
Representative Lewis is a Life member of
the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and served as the organization's
President in 1991. He is also a Life
member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has more than 39 years in law enforcement
including 28 years as a Chief of Police in three Oregon cities.
In 2005, he took a six month leave of absence
as Chief of the Silverton Police Department to train and supervise the Iraqi
Police Executive Leadership Training Program in Baghdad, Iraq, under the U.S.
Department of Justice during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has also served on numerous State committees
and task forces in the course of his career, including The Oregon Board on
Public Safety Standards and Training as chair, the Police Policy Committee as
chair, The Oregon law Enforcement Memorial Fund Board as chair, as a member of
the Oregon Attorney General’s Task Force on Deadly Force, as a member of the
Oregon Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee, and as a member of the
Juvenile Crime Prevention Advisory Committee. He also serves as a current member of the Marion
County Public Safety Coordinating Council.
Representative Lewis is a Vietnam Era veteran
having served three years in the United States Army and two years in the
Wyoming National Guard. He graduated
from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Representative Lewis is the recipient of the
Silverton Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award and the Oregon
Association Chiefs of Police Jim Jones Lifetime Achievement Award.
been married to his wife Pat for 39 years. He has six grown children and