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Chief of Police Derrick Foxworth to be sworn in

October 30, 2003 00:00


Portland Police Chief Derrick Foxworth will be sworn-in on Friday, October 31, 2003, at 2:00 p.m., at Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Second floor, City Council Chambers. Judge Sid Galton, Multnomah County Circuit Court, will administer the oath of office.

Chief Foxworth has been with the Portland Police Bureau for over 21 years, he was hired in 1981 and has worked in a number of assignments during his career. As a patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and assistant chief, Chief Foxworth 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 Vera Katz said that when she appointed Chief Foxworth to this post nearly two months ago he 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, he is proving to be exactly what this city needed in terms of leadership in law enforcement," said Mayor Katz.

Rev. A. Wayne Johnson, 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 Foxworth in an ongoing effort to make community policing effective, said Rev. Johnson

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 Foxworth's Professional Chronology is included with this release.


1981: Hire Date, Portland Police Bureau September 9, 1981, Derrick Foxworth is sworn in as an officer with the Portland Police Bureau. 1981 to 1990 he works Uniform Patrol, the Street Crimes Unit, Traffic Division, Drugs and Vice Division and the Gang Enforcement Team.

1990: Sergeant July 19, 1990, he is promoted to the rank of Sergeant. 1990 to 1994 he works Patrol and serves a tour in the Chief's Office as the Police Bureau's Public Information Officer.

1994: Lieutenant March 10, 1994, he is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as day shift commander of Northeast Precinct. In 1995, he is assigned to the Tactical Operations Division (TOD) and oversees the Gang Enforcement Team.

1996: Captain April 4, 1996, he is promoted to the rank of Captain and remains in the Tactical Operations Division, overseeing the Gang Enforcement Team, the Transit Police Unit, the Explosive Disposal Unit and the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT).

1997: Commander September 25, 1997, promoted to the rank of Commander, he serves as one of five precinct commanders in the City of Portland. During his tenure at Northeast Precinct, he works closely with citizens, neighborhood groups, faith community members and other organizations to reduce the number of serious reported crimes, gang shootings and other gang-related violence. He also works to improve neighborhood livability and the relationship between citizens and police.

2002: Assistant Chief / Operations Branch June 6, 2002, he is promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief, one of only three such positions within the Portland Police Bureau. As Assistant Chief of the Operations / Patrol Branch, he oversees all five precincts and the Traffic Division.

2003: Chief of Police August 29, 2003, Mayor Vera Katz names Derrick Foxworth as Portland's new Chief of Police.

EDUCATION: University of Portland, Bachelors Degree, 1980

PERSONAL DATA: Married to Linda. He has two grown children, a daughter, Teela, who attends college and a son, Derrick Jr., an officer with the Portland Police Bureau.


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