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Jeremiah Griffin For most people, 16 years of responding to emergencies — 1 a.m. phone calls for winter snowstorms, summer wildfires, or the every-day-ofthe-year vehicle crash that can bring Interstate 5 to a screeching halt — would be just about enough. But not for Jeremiah Griffin.

“Most people don’t know his job requires an absolute commitment to be available,” said ODOT Project Information Specialist Gary Leaming. “Every so often, that means working around the clock. He’ll work past midnight and then come back early the next morning.”

“I like this job,” said Griffin. “I never know what the next call might be, what each day might bring.”

Rogue Valley roots

Griffin serves as ODOT’s Assistant District Manager for the Rogue Valley, a role he took on in 2010 after working six years as a dispatcher for ODOT and Jackson County 911. His current responsibilities include managing a team of nine dispatchers, who are co-located with the Oregon State Police in Central Point.

Griffin, 41, grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from South Medford. Graduation night 1995 was particularly auspicious. He met Becky, a North Medford student, at their schools’ combined graduation night party hosted by the YMCA. They married in 1999 and started a family in Medford. When Griffin is not spending time with his family or responding to incidents, he also helps

October 5, 2018