October 30th, 2009 | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

Police Moves: Two High-Ranking Portland Cops up for Canby Chief Job


Just weeks after a Portland Police commander tried to jump ship and become the county sheriff, two other high-ranking Portland cops are now in the running to replace the disgraced former Canby police chief.

Assistant Chief Bret Smith and North Precinct Commander Jim Ferraris are among five finalists Canby officials will interview next week. They're up against two small-town cops from California and a captain from the Boise Police Department also bidding for the job.

The winner will replace former Chief Greg Kroeplin, who resigned in April amid allegations he covered up steroid abuse by one of his officers. Amanda Klock, acting Canby city administrator, says she hopes to make a decision on the hire by Nov. 13.

The decision by Smith and Ferraris to try for the Canby job comes at a time when observers anticipate a possible shakeup in the Portland cop shop. Police Chief Rosie Sizer is eligible for retirement in January, although she has not stated publicly whether she plans to step down.

In another attempt to leave the bureau, Ferraris is also a finalist for the U.S. mashal's job.

And as reported by WW earlier this month, Central Precinct Commander Mike Reese recently made an unsuccessful bid to be appointed Multnomah County sheriff — with the help of City Commissioner Randy Leonard.
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