Chuck Lovell was sworn in as Chief of Police on June 11, 2020. Throughout his 19-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 North Precinct. He later went on to Detectives and supervised the Human Trafficking & Property Crimes Detail. He also worked in the Personnel Division 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 the Behavioral Health Unit. As the Lieutenant 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.
Later in 2017 Chuck was chosen 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 assisted Chief Outlaw in introducing the One Congregation One Precinct (OneCOP) program and Barbershop/Salon forums, expanding the mission of community engagement.
In 2019, Chuck 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 has received 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).