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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Chief Michael Reese


 Photo of Chief Michael Reese

Professional Chronology


1983-1989: Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland

Serves as a counselor, program manager and as the Director of the Lents Boys and Girls Club.

1989: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office

In 1989, Michael Reese is sworn in as a Multnomah County deputy sheriff, where he serves on the acclaimed Safety Action Teams in Columbia Villa, Rockwood and David Douglas.

July 1, 1994: Transfer Date, Portland Police Bureau

On July 1, 1994, Michael Reese becomes an officer with the Portland Police Bureau as part of the mid-Multnomah County annexation to the City of Portland.  He works various assignments throughout the Bureau, including the Tactical Operations Division, the Youth Gun Anti-Violence Task Force and as a member of the Special Emergency Reaction Team.

Below are additional career highlights:

 December 1, 1994: Sergeant

Is promoted to the rank of Sergeant on December 1, 1994, and assigned to North Precinct.

June 25, 1998: Lieutenant

Is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on June 25, 1998, and assigned to the TriMet Division (now Transit Police Division).

July 1, 2004: Captain

Is promoted to the rank of Captain on July 1, 2004, and assigned to the Drugs and Vice Division where he oversaw successful investigations that culminated in the arrest and conviction of numerous members of illegal drug organizations.

July 6, 2006: Commander, Central Precinct

Is appointed Commander in 2006, and assigned to Central Precinct.  At Central Precinct, he helps lead the expansion of the Service Coordination Team; is the incident commander for numerous high-profile public events; helps formulate progressive policies for the Police Bureau and the City of Portland on complex issues involving homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness; and leads a collaborative public-private effort that reduces crime by 35% in downtown Portland.

December 12, 2009

Is assigned to East Precinct as Commander of East Precinct, where he leads the largest of the three precincts in the City of Portland, managing more than 200 officers, sergeants, detectives, lieutenants and non-sworn staff. Commander Reese is also responsible for the East Precinct Advisory Council, the Prostitution Coordination Team, and the volunteer Reserve Officer and Youth Cadet programs.

May 12, 2010: Chief of Police

On May 12, 2010, Mayor Sam Adams appoints Michael Reese as the Portland’s new Chief of Police.  Chief Reese is sworn in the same day.



Roosevelt High School, Portland, Oregon 

Portland State University, B.S., Psychology

Portland State University, Executive Master Public Administration


Social Service


Member of the Board of Directors for Transition Projects

Member of the Board of Directors for Boys and Girls Clubs


First Christian Church Board of Directors

Irvington Community Association Board of Directors


Personal Information

Chief Reese lives in Southwest Portland with his wife and three daughters.  In his free time, he competes in triathlons, plays music, coaches youth basketball and attends school events with his family.


 Chief Reese on a Mounted Patrol Horse