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The City of Portland, Oregon

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

Retired Chief Larry O'Dea - Biography

 Photo of Chief Michael Reese

Professional Chronology

Date of Hire:  Sept 4, 1986

Chief of Police  (Sworn in January 2, 2015)

Assistant Chief of Operations (2010-2014)

Participate in all policy, business and strategic planning decisions as a member of the four-person executive team for the Police Bureau with 1,170 employees and a budget of $165 million. 

Oversee all three precincts, the Traffic Division, the Transit Division, and the Youth Services Division, as well as the Critical Incident Commander Program, the Crowd Control Incident Commander Program and the Rapid Response Team. 

Responsible for executive leadership of all operations functions within the Bureau.   


Assistant Chief of Operations and Services (May 2010-August 2010)

  • Fulfilled the role of both the Operations Branch and Services Branch Chief positions, as well as being responsible for the Office of Accountability and Professional Standards.      


Assistant Chief of Services (November 2008-August 2010)

  • Participate in all policy, business and strategic planning decisions as a member of the five-person executive team for the Police Bureau with 1,225 employees and a budget of $150 million. 
  • Oversaw all the major support divisions for the Police Bureau including Fiscal, Information Technologies, Personnel, Training, Records and the Strategic Services Division. 
  • Implemented major projects including SAP, a new force policy, and the precinct reformation (5 to 3).
  • Primary responsibility for developing, submitting, and maintaining a $150 million budget.
  • Bureau liaison to BOEC.  Designated as an Incident Commander for the Emergency Operations Center.        

Captain (2008)

  • Assigned as the commanding officer responsible for overseeing the Traffic Division. 
  • Managed numerous special events, including presidential election year candidate and incumbent visits and motorcades. 
  • Rebuilt the Bureau’s reputation with the bicycling and transportation community and implemented the Bureau’s first Community Policing Transportation Agreement.   

Critical Incident Commander (2006 – present)

  • Supervised major tactical incidents by being the commanding officer with the responsibility and authority to be in charge of all patrol, SERT, and CNT functions during major incidents.   

Crowd Control Incident Commander (2003 – 2005)

  • Supervised major crowd control and crowd management events. Helped institutionalize a new approach to managing free speech events.


Lieutenant (2005 – 2008)

  • Chief’s Office/Executive Officer Operations Branch Oversee precincts, Traffic, and Transit Division.  Manage projects, committee work, and work daily with Chief, Assistant Chiefs, and Operations Commanders.  Designated as an Operations Chief for the Police Bureau’s Emergency Operations Center.       


Lieutenant (2003 – 2005)

  • Central Precinct.  Night and Morning Relief. Supervised 6 sergeants covering patrol, special events, PPI bicycle officers, NRT officers and precinct detectives. 


Supervisory Sergeant (1998 – 2003)

  • Patrol sergeant assigned to Afternoon, Evening, and Night relief.  Supervised NRT.


Officer (1986-1998)

  • Uniform Patrol
  • Walking Beat (1986)
  • Street Crimes Unit (1988-89)
  • Gang Enforcement Team (1989 – 95)
  • Special Emergency Reaction Team (1991 – 98)
  • Honor Guard – Rifle Detail (1988 – 1998)
  • Awards Committee – (2004 – 2006)
  • Chairperson / Author – Long Gun Option Study
  • Glock 21 Work Group
  • Program Development




Mark Hatfield School of Government

Executive Certificate (Graduate Level Program)

Portland State University

Bachelors of Science Degree - Social Science

Mark Hatfield School of Government

Management Certificate (Undergraduate Level Program)

Portland Community College

Associate of Science Degree - Criminal Justice

George Mason University

Public Administration coursework

Oregon Department of Police Standards and Training (DPSST)

Awarded DPSST Executive, Management, Supervisory, Advanced, Intermediate, & Basic Certificates. Documented 6,500 training credit hours.  



  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) member
  • Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) member
  • National Org. of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) member
  • Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Executive Board member
  • Major City Chiefs Association (MCCA) member
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) member
  • National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) member
  • Urban League of Portland member
  • Habitat for Humanity Executive Board Member (NWVHFH)
  • Habitat for Humanity Construction Volunteer (NWVHFH)
  • Community and Police Relations Community (CPRC) member
  • African American Advisory Council member (AAAC)
  • Slavic Advisory Council member



Reserve Police Officer – Fairfax County, Virginia

Reserve Deputy Sheriff –Clackamas County,Oregon


AWARDS / RECOGNITION - 11 Medals / 75 Letters of Commendation

Medal of Honor – O.P.O.A.                       Nominee IACP Ofc. Year 1996

Medal of Valor – 2002                               Unit Commendation SE 2001

Medal of Valor – 1996                               Unit Commendation GET 1995

Meritorious Service Medal /Valor – 1987      Commendation Medal - 2008 

Police Star – 1996                                      Safe Driving Medal

Bureau Commendation Medal - 2011             Achievement Medal - 2013

Dennis Darden Excellence Award – 1997     75 Letters Commendation      


Selected as torch lighter for September 11, 2002 Pioneer Square Ceremony