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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Simone Rede

Promoting open and accountable government

We're hiring an Investigations Coordinator! Apply by Oct. 25

Apply online by Friday, Oct. 25: 

The City Auditor's Office is seeking a quick-thinking, detailed-oriented public servant with good judgment to coordinate investigations of police misconduct allegations and make case-handling decisions in the Independent Police Review division.

Independent Police Review (IPR) is the civilian side of the City's police accountability system. IPR reports to the elected City Auditor, who is independent of the Mayor and City Commissioners. This structure is critical to ensure that police misconduct complaints receive the appropriate investigative resources before the Chief and Police Commissioner make their final decisions about an officer's conduct or cases are closed for insufficient evidence. With 16 staff positions, it is the largest division in the Auditor's Office.

IPR is the central intake location for police misconduct complaints, conducts investigations, and monitors all cases investigated by the Police Bureau's Internal Affairs unit. IPR and Internal Affairs share investigative responsibilities. IPR generally investigates misconduct complaints involving high-ranking officers; vulnerable populations, such as children or people experiencing homelessness; and large events, such as street protests. IPR uses complaint trends as the basis for policy reviews of the Police Bureau and makes recommendations for systemic change.

Responsibilities of the Investigations Coordinator include:

  • Supervising a lead investigator and seven staff investigators;
  • Ensuring consistency in investigations;
  • Participating in investigative planning by ensuring timely progression of cases through the process;
  • Reviewing information gathered during the intake phase to make case-handling decisions, such as referrals for further investigation or closure;
  • Reviewing investigative files for completeness and findings for accuracy and appropriateness;
  • Conferring with the IPR Director and Deputy Director about high-risk or sensitive cases; and
  • Monitoring investigations conducted by Internal Affairs, including officer-involved shootings.