Chris Gibson was appointed as the Oregon-Idaho (previously Oregon) HIDTA Executive Director on November 1, 2006. Mr. Gibson is a past Chairman of the National HIDTA Director Committee and currently serves as the Chairman of the National Emerging Threat Initiative’s (NETI) oversight committee and as Vice President of the National HIDTA Directors Association. On February 5, 2015 Chris was recognized by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy with an Outstanding Support to the National HIDTA Program award during the 2015 National HIDTA Conference in Washington, D.C. Chris was again recognized by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy with the Edward Williams Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2018 National HIDTA Conference in Washington, D.C.
Prior to his appointment as Oregon HIDTA Director, Chris served for 18 years in local law enforcement and achieved the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. Chris graduated in 1990 from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in the Administration of Justice and again in 2011 with an Executive Master Degree in Public Administration. Chris is also a graduate of the 205th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.
In addition to his duties as Oregon HIDTA Director, Chris serves as a member of the Lines for Life Executive Board and Vice President of the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association.
The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Executive Director is responsible for the successful implementation of the Executive Board’s strategy and policies. The Executive Director provides day-to-day administrative, financial, and program management for the operations of the HIDTA; facilitates and encourages the development of innovative approaches to drug law enforcement; ensures that HIDTA Initiatives are in compliance with HIDTA program requirements; and advises the Executive Board concerning the performance of HIDTA Initiatives.
The Executive Director oversees the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Management and Administration Initiative staff, which includes a Budget and Program Analyst, Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant.