Chuck Lovell was sworn in as Chief of Police on June 11, 2020. Throughout his 18-year tenure at the Portland Police Bureau, he has demonstrated to be a collaborative, culturally competent and ethically driven servant leader. A transformational leader, he is known for his self-growth and mentoring.
Chuck was appointed to the Portland Police Bureau on May 23, 2002. As an officer, he served as a Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) instructor, a School Resource Officer and on the Crisis Negotiation Team. He was also a member of the Police Honor Guard.
In 2011, Chuck was promoted to sergeant and was assigned to the Human Trafficking & Property Crimes Detail and then worked as a Patrol Shift Supervisor. He also worked as the Sergeant overseeing the recruitment team. There, he developed strategies to not only increase hiring but to recruit more diverse candidates while using an equity lens.
In 2017, Chuck was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to be Adjutant to then Chief Danielle Outlaw. As Adjutant, he provided advice, recommendations, and historical context to help inform the Chief’s decision-making in complex situations. He also took the initiative to introduce the One Congregation One Precinct (OneCOP) program and Barbershop/Salon forums, expanding the mission of community engagement.
As the lieutenant and of the Behavioral Health Unit, Chuck led a team of dedicated, compassionate officers and non-sworn professional staff as they helped community members dealing with mental health and addiction. He also oversaw the functions of the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team and was accountable for guiding the Police Bureau’s mental health response.
Since 2019, Chuck has served as the Acting Captain of the newly formed Community Services Division. There, he provided a focus and strategic direction to the Behavioral Health Unit, Service Coordination Team, Office of Community Engagement, and Homeless Community Liaison.
Prior to joining the Portland Police Bureau, Chuck was a member of the U.S. Air Force and served in many capacities.
Chuck has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University and he is scheduled to receive his Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Charleston.
He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum and a member of the Board of Directors for Lines for Life.
Chuck has been honored with a Police Medal, Achievement Medal, three Unit Commendation Medals, an Air Force Commendation Medal and an Air Force Achievement Medal (with valor).