File photo of Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton.

File photo of Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton.

The Portland Tribune

Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton has announced he plans to retire Aug. 16.

Former Portland Police Chief Mike Reese will be sworn in as an interim replacement June 20.

Reese said he plans to run for the post permanently when county voters choose the next sheriff.

Staton announced his retirement in an internal email Friday morning.

“I have been thinking about all of the employees here at the Sheriff’s Office and everything that has transpired over the past months. You truly are the finest… I can no longer subject any of you to the challenges that I am facing,” Staton wrote in the email.

In the email, Staton said he would provide additional details about the transition process as his retirement date draws closer.

In recent months, former and current employees of the county have accused Staton of mismanaging his department and retaliating against people who have opposed his policies.

“It was time for his to make that move,” said Jason Heilbrun with the AFL-CIO Local 88. “I think that’s the right move for the agency and for the county and frankly for the public, so that we can all start moving along and start the healing process.”

The Oregon Department of Justice conducted its own investigation into Staton and found no grounds for criminal charges.

Multnomah County Chairperson Deborah Kafoury said she is “looking forward, not back” now that Staton has said he’ll step aside.

“These issues have been a recurring distraction for the men and women of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office,” Kafoury said. “This is not the time to rehash any issues about the sheriff.

“My staff and I will continue to work with Sheriff’s Office employees to ensure they can be effective and assure a smooth transition,” she said.

OPB staff Conrad Wilson and Ryan Haas contributed to this report.