A graduate from a Medford high school and Southern Oregon University has been named second-in-command of the Oregon State Police, officials said.

A graduate from a Medford high school and Southern Oregon University has been named second-in-command of the Oregon State Police, officials said.

Maureen Bedell was promoted from major to the position of deputy superintendent, putting her near the top of the organization.

The deputy superintendent oversees the agency's administration and day-to-day operations. In addition, Bedell will supervise special projects and the implementation of policy changes, the Oregon State Police said in a news release.

Bedell declined an interview with the Mail Tribune.

"Maureen is a steadying influence and an individual who I have the utmost confidence in to carry out the duties assigned to the Deputy Superintendent position," OSP Superintendent Richard Evans said in the release.

Bedell, 50, is a longtime Southern Oregon resident who graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1980. She attended Oregon State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1985. Three years later, she received a master's degree in business administration from SOU.

She took a job as an OSP dispatcher and was sworn in as a trooper in 1994.

After graduating from recruit school training, her first assignment was at the Patrol Services Division at the Medford office. Eighteen months later, she transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division and worked as a detective before being promoted to Sergeant in 2003.

In 2005, she was promoted to lieutenant, overseeing criminal division operations for the department's southwest region area.

In November 2007, Bedell was promoted to captain in the Criminal Investigation Division and served at the OSP General Headquarters in Salem. She was promoted in August 2009 to major, a position she held for nearly three years before taking the deputy superintendent position.