June 4th, 2010 | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall, Cops and Courts

Adams Interviews Dorothy Elmore for Police Liaison

Dorothy Elmore

A controversial former assistant Portland police chief is in the running to become Mayor Sam Adams' police liaison.

Dorothy Elmore, who allegedly threatened in 1997 to kill her then-husband, has been interviewed for the job in the mayor's office, says Rev. T. Allen Bethel, president of the Albina Ministerial Alliance.

Bethel says he recommended last week that Adams hire Elmore because of both her police experience and her ties to the African-American community.

"She's been a good person for this community who has respect throughout the city as well," Bethel says. "I think there could be no better person."

But officers say Elmore has a terrible reputation in the police bureau and would damage Adams' credibility if he hired her. She was promoted to assistant chief in 2005 by former Chief Derrick Foxworth. She retired in 2006 after Rosie Sizer took over as chief.

Tom Miller, Adams' chief of staff, declined to comment on a personnel matter. We have a message out to Elmore seeking comment and will update this post when we hear back from her.

As reported in WW and the Portland Tribune, Elmore was barred from Northeast Precinct and reassigned to the Telephone Reporting Unit in 1997 after her then-husband, Officer Vince Elmore, took out a restraining order on her.

Vince Elmore alleged that his wife had slashed their car's tires, shredded his clothes and left phone messages at work threatening to kill him. He later withdrew the restraining order so that his wife could avoid criminal charges and keep her job. They divorced in 1998.
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