Portland Mayor Sam Adams made some surprising announcements at a noon press conference on Wednesday. He’s taking over the police bureau from Commissioner Dan Saltzman and replacing Police Chief Rosie Sizer with Mike Reese, who has most recently served as the East Precinct commander.
In the past several months, Portland Police fatally shot two civilians. (UPDATE 8:53 PM Wednesday — Another fatal shooting, with an officer wounded, happened this evening.) Adams noted the earlier incidents in his address on Wednesday, saying that “the relationship between the people of Portland and the police officers is not what it needs to be.” Sizer and Adams also locked horns in a very public budget fight earlier in the week.
Adams assigned the police bureau to Saltzman after his first pick for the job, Commissioner Randy Leonard, clashed with then-chief Sizer. Leonard was heard urging Adams to make some leadership changes at the Portland Police Bureau as recently as last month.
What kinds of interactions have you had with officers and how has that affected your perceptions of the police bureau? Have you worked as a police officer in Portland? What do the leadership changes at the Portland Police Bureau mean to you?
- Sarah Mirk: Reporter for The Portland Mercury
- Sam Adams: Mayor of Portland and Commissioner of the Portland Police Bureau
- Anna Griffin: Columnist at The Oregonian
- Dave Dobler: Interim president of the Portland Police Association