March 24th, 2010 5:33 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Adams Promises More Visibility on Police

Sam Adams

After a briefing from Portland Police earlier today, Mayor Sam Adams said this afternoon he has not reconsidered his decision to hand police management to Commissioner Dan Saltzman. But the mayor does say he will play a higher-profile role on police matters going forward.

"I've decided to be more visible," he told WW, two days after the second fatal shooting of a man this year by a Portland police officer.

Last year, Adams took the unusual step of assigning responsibility for the Portland Police Bureau to Saltzman rather than run the bureau himself, as most mayors have done.

As a result of Monday's shooting death of Jack Dale Collins and January's killing of Aaron Campbell, public pressure on the mayor to take control of the police bureau has increased. But Adams said today he's happy with Saltzman's leadership, and that he's not interested in changes. "I'm fine with the way things are now," Adams says.

But Adams does want to address what he calls a misinterpretation of his actions thus far.

"I've been working very closely with Dan," Adams says. "I've almost done that entirely behind the scenes ... That's been interpreted as a lack of interest."

But that will change, he says. "Correct, absolutely," he says.
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