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Chief Mike Reese To Retire From Portland Police

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese

Allison Frost/OPB

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced today that he plans to retire from the bureau. 

His replacement will be Assistant Chief Larry O’Dea.  Mayor Charlie Hales called O’Dea, “the right leader at the right time.”

A noon press conference outlined the transition from Reese to O’Dea, which is planned for January.  The mayor’s office says it will be the first smooth transition between chiefs in two decades. Reese is from Portland, and has served as chief since May, 2010. O’Dea has served with Portland Police since 1986.