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Portland, OR

2008 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Portland Charles R. Tilby
Eugene, Oregon Police Department
Director Mueller and Charles R. Tilby

Captain Charles R. Tilby is a 30-year veteran of the Eugene Police Department. He started as a patrol officer in 1978. Over the years, he has earned distinction within his department so that in 2004, he was promoted to Captain. His current responsibilities include oversight and management of the Investigations Division.

Captain Tilby has dedicated himself to community safety. For an extended period, he has led the Operation Backfire investigation. Operation Backfire is a nine-year joint investigation targeting more than a dozen members of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF). Over a period of years, various members of these movements committed 20 acts of domestic terrorism causing more than $40 million in damages. Because several of the acts were in Eugene itself and because many of the subjects lived and worked in the area, Eugene became the focal point of the investigation. Captain Tilby was vital to the overall effort, providing strong investigative leadership and a commitment to seeing a difficult case through to a successful prosecution.

The 2008 U.S. Track and Field Trials were held in Eugene. This is the largest track and field event held in the U.S., and it was the qualifying event for U.S. athletes going to the Beijing Olympics. The event included approximately 1,000 athletes and 1,000 members of the media. There were about 17,000 fans in attendance over the course of the eight days of trials as well. The nature of the event, its significance as a symbolic target, the presence of anti-government extremists in the state, and the lack of law enforcement in the area created unique difficulties for protecting the athletes, spectators, and the general community.

Because the Eugene Police Department was the lead law enforcement agency charged with security for the trials, Captain Tilby assumed a great deal of responsibility. In the planning phase as well as during the actual event, he served as the primary force behind the Eugene Police Department’s efforts. He was responsible for developing and implementing a plan for security within the community of Eugene. Captain Tilby partnered with the FBI in the security and interagency intelligence plan to provide a safe and secure environment for this major event.

FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2008 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Recipients of the 2008 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Clarksburg
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- El Paso
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- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles

- Memphis
- Miami
- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field

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