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Rosanne Sizer Sworn In As Chief of Police

July 11, 2006 00:00



On Thursday, July 13, 2006, at 11:00 a.m., in the Second floor, City Council Chambers of Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Rosanne M. Sizer will be sworn-in as Portland Police Chief. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Julie Frantz will administer the oath of office.

Chief Sizer has been with the Portland Police Bureau for more than 21 years. She was hired in 1985, and has worked in a number of assignments during her career. As a patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and commander, Chief Sizer has worked closely with community members, Police Bureau employees, neighborhood groups, the faith community and local organizations to reduce neighborhood crime, improve neighborhood livability and enhance communication between the community and police.

Mayor Tom Potter said that when he appointed Chief Sizer to this post nearly four months ago she was the right person for this time in the Police Bureau's history. “Coming in under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, my judgment two months later is unchanged. As someone with deep roots in this community and a strong commitment to serve, she is proving to be exactly what this city needed in terms of leadership in law enforcement,” said Mayor Potter.

Louise Grant, co-chair of the Chief’s Forum, said increasing the awareness of community policing activities is a top priority for the Chief’s Forum. “The Chief’s Forum looks forward to working with Chief Sizer in an ongoing effort to make community policing effective,” said Grant.

A reception, immediately following the ceremony, will be held in the City Hall first floor courtyard. The swearing-in ceremony and reception are open to the public.

Chief Sizer’s Professional Chronology is included with this release. She is the Portland Police Bureau’s 45th Police Chief.


Professional Chronology

1985: Hire Date, Portland Police Bureau January 3, 1985, Rosanne M. Sizer is sworn in as an officer with the Portland Police Bureau. Rotates throughout the Bureau, but is eventually assigned to North Precinct and the Drugs & Vice Division.

1990-1994: Sergeant Promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1990, and assigned to Central Precinct and the Personnel Division.

1994-1999: Lieutenant Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1994, and assigned to Northeast Precinct and the TriMet Division (now the Transit Police Division). At the TriMet Division, Lieutenant Sizer developed the first comprehensive Security Plan for TriMet, as required by the Federal Transportation Administration.

1999-2001: Captain Promoted to the rank of Captain in 1999, and assigned to the Detective Division. As the Captain of the Detective Division, Captain Sizer oversaw the 1999 Forest Park serial killer task force.

2001-April 2006: Commander Appointed Commander in 2001, and assigned to Central Precinct and Southeast Precinct. At Central Precinct, then Commander Sizer developed communications strategic and tactical plans for various street protests, including those leading up to the Iraq War. She has been the tactical commander for hundreds of police officers in an effort to balance free speech rights with the safety of people and property. She formed working relationships in both precincts with community members, neighborhood organizations and business owners in an effort to strengthen the Bureau’s community policing ties. During this time, she also served as the Bureau’s unofficial liaison to people/groups who have not traditionally had relationships with police, such as homeless organizations, social service organizations, political dissenters and community activists.

2006: Chief of Police June 22, 2006, Mayor Tom Potter names Rosanne M. Sizer as Portland’s new Chief of Police.

Education and training: 1976: Wilson High School, Portland, Oregon 1980: Portland State University, Bachelor’s Degree, History 1984: University of Iowa, Master’s Degree and doctoral course work in history 1994: Rotary International Group Study Exchange, Belgium 1995: FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia

Social Service Served on the City of Portland’s Commission on Homelessness. Served for three years on the Board of Directors for the Sisters of the Road Café (nonprofit organization)



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