WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4, 2015 — The Portland Police Bureau has hired a new Equity and Diversity Program Manager, Elle Weatheroy. Elle was appointed on February 4, 2015, in the newly created position, which reports directly to the Chief of Police.
"The Equity and Diversity Program Manager will have the responsibility and authority to go anywhere in the Police Bureau and advise me on changes in policy, practice, and training that I need to make to ensure we are inclusive and equitable," said Chief Larry O'Dea. "This kind of position is unheard of in our nation's police departments, but so critical."
Chief O'Dea has said his priority for the Police Bureau is to build trusting relationships in all parts of the community. He has also said he will work to diversify the Bureau and the leadership of the Bureau and to improve the organization's knowledge and action around equity. This position, he says is a great next step.
"We are excited to welcome Elle, who brings great qualifications and is extremely knowledgeable about Portland's communities and the Police Bureau," he said.
"This is a critical step in continuing to get the Police Bureau to look more like the people it serves, and to instill community relationships, equity and inclusion as fundamental pieces of policing," said Mayor Charlie Hales, commissioner in charge of police. "First with the restructuring and now with this hire, Chief O'Dea is building the bureau we want in Portland."
Elle has owned and operated Weatheroy Consulting for the past 5 years, where she has helped clients with equity and diversity training; staff development; leadership development; and child welfare training. She has also been a consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, working on child welfare practices and facilitating systems change for child welfare agencies in Oklahoma, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware and Florida. She is currently a Steering Committee Member for the Young Leaders Circle and a Member of the Board of Friends of the Children, which provides mentors to local children.
Elle has a background as a social worker, and has experience with youth in foster care systems; Level 5 educational systems; and community-based work in Oregon, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.
Elle Weatheroy was born and raised in Northeast Portland to a father who was a community liaison and decorated Portland Police Sergeant; her dedicated mother's longtime Portland history started in Vanport. Elle's legacy also includes two brothers who serve in law enforcement as well. After graduating from Benson High School, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in human development from Oregon State University and a Master of Social Work, Community Development from Portland State University.