- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) - After 13 years on the job, Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell is retiring.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://is.gd/WACyrH ) that Russell retired Friday. Salem police’s deputy chief, Jim Ferraris, has been hired to replace him.

Russell, who is best known as a victim of the 2008 Woodburn bank bombing, has been chief since 2002.

Russell lost his right leg in the 2008 blast that killed 51-year-old William “Bill” Hakim, an Oregon State Police bomb technician, and 51-year-old Tom Tennant, a captain in the Woodburn Police Department.

Since the bomb blast Russell underwent some 29 surgeries before he was fitted with a prosthetic leg, re-certified as a police officer and returning to the job.

Ferraris will be sworn in Dec. 14. Capt. Jason Alexander will be appointed interim chief until then.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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