April 10, 2014 | Portland Mercury-- Commissioner Steve Novick has been the loudest voice in city hall—really the only one—publicly questioning how much the city of Portland spends on its police bureau. This winter, he sent out a memo marking three potential targets for clawbacks: the bureau's mounted patrol, its Drugs and Vice Division, and its top-heavy command staff.
He's gotten attention, at varying degrees, for all three. The nonprofit Friends of the Mounted Patrol launched a PR blitz after Novick made inroads with his colleagues on the notion of ditching police horses. He brought Chief Mike Reese and Captain Mark Kruger to a city hall budget hearing and made them defend the drugs unit. And he and Commissioner Nick Fish sparred behind the scenes with the police bureau while preparing a citywide "span of control" report that quantified the millions the city might save if the cops got by with fewer captains and lieutenants.
That last effort left off with the cops promising to give Novick some additional details and rationales about their staffing, details other bureaus turned in before the report was finished, by April 1. They complied. Sort of. A large binder with position descriptions and organizational charts was dropped off in Novick's office earlier this READ FULL ARTICLE