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Ted Wheeler

Mayor, City of Portland

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City Officially Opens Recruitment for Police Chief


May 15, 2017
Contact: Michael Cox (503) 823-6593

City Officially Opens Recruitment for Police Chief
Ideal candidate will be a proven leader on community policing, diversity, and accountability

PORTLAND, OR – The City of Portland today officially opened recruitment for the next Chief of the Portland Police Bureau, launching a national search that is expected to be completed this July, with a job offer coming thereafter.

“The nature of police work in America is changing, and Portland deserves the chance to evaluate national talent in our efforts to create a 21st Century police force focused on building community trust, embracing diversity, and living up to the highest standards of transparency and accountability,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler.

The job posting, which can be read here, was developed using feedback given at a series of meetings attended by invited stakeholders. The job posting outlines the minimum qualifications for the position, describes the ideal candidate profile, and lays out the process and timeline for filling the position. The general public can offer their opinions and feedback via an online survey available here.

“This national search gives our community the chance to address fundamental questions about the direction of policing in Portland. I am dedicated to receiving and acting upon input provided by the community throughout this process,” said Mayor Wheeler.

Recruitment Activity Schedule:

  • Open Search Process: May 15, 2017
  • Application Deadline: June 12, 2017
  • Initial Evaluation Process: Week of June 19, 2017
  • Initial Interviews: Week of June 24, 2017
  • Finalists Identified: Week of July 3, 2017
  • Panel and Final Interviews: Week of July 17, 2017

All applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. Based on an evaluation of the application materials, those applicants whose materials best reflect the experience, knowledge, and skillset for the position, will be invited to participate in telephone interviews. The best qualified candidates will move on to panel interviews. The Mayor will make the final selection for the position.