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The City of Portland, Oregon

Independent Police Review

Providing independent, civilian oversight of the Portland Police Bureau

phone: 503-823-0146

fax: 503-823-4571

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 140, Portland, OR 97204

Ross Caldwell

Director

Director Ross Caldwell grew up in Toledo, Washington and went to college at the University of Washington and law school at Lewis & Clark College. Prior to joining IPR, he had worked as a Programs Director for the Criminal Justice Commission overseeing the Justice Reinvestment Grant Program and several other program areas and worked extensively with the different criminal justice system associations and counties around the state. Prior to the Criminal Justice Commission, Ross worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County.

Eric Berry

Lead Investigator

Eric Berry was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but has lived in many parts of the western United States, including Montana, California, Washington, and Oregon.  He attended Colby College, and the University of Washington.  He has well over a decade of investigations experience, including time as a defense investigator for the King County public defense system, an abuse and neglect investigator for the Oregon Department of Human Services, and as an investigator for the Oregon Medical Board.  He also does a pretty credible Johnny Cash impersonation. 

Vince Elmore

Investigator

Investigator Vince Elmore grew up in South Carolina, spent his summers in New York with his family, attended Orangeburg Calhoun College, and during his military career he was assigned to Fort Bragg NC, 82nd Airborne Division. During his 29-year law enforcement career he was a community policing advocate and a liaison with clergy and community groups working to assure transparency and accountability in law enforcement agencies in his area. Vince has completed thousands of hours of police training and has held multiple command assignments. In the last two years of his service with the Portland Police Bureau, Vince was pivotal in implementing policy changes brought about by the Police Bureau’s settlement agreement with the Department of Justice.

Vince is a highly respected leader and mentor in his community and is a current board member on Word is Bond, where he promotes building bridges to develop relationships between the police and young African American community members. He impacts the community through service in groups such as Inter-faith Peace and Action Collaborative, No Hate Zone and Community Peace Collaborative. Vince received the NAACP’s Community Policing Officer of the Year award in 2017, presented to him by Jo Anne Hardesty.

Molly Christmann

Management Analyst

Management Analyst Molly Christmann has lived in and around Portland, Oregon, her whole life. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University in 2015 and her Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Portland State University in 2017.  At both institutions, she specialized in crime analysis and geographic information systems. Prior to beginning work at the IPR, Molly worked for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office as a research analyst and data technician. When she’s not working, Molly enjoys trying new restaurants and breweries with friends, reading, keeping up with her favorite TV shows, and practicing her witty comebacks for future conversations. 

Katherine Kestell

Investigator

 Katherine Kestell is a Complaint Investigator with the IPR.  She is a graduate of Portland State University and worked in Portland in the legal field for nearly a decade.  Prior to coming to IPR, Katherine worked as a Senior Investigator with the Civil Rights Division at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.  In her free time Katherine enjoys sewing, reading, and the outdoors