Tigard Police Chief Bill Dickinson announced this morning he's retiring after seven years as head of the suburban city's 80-member police force.
Tigard PD spokesman Jim Wolf says it's only a coincidence that the announcement came on the same day WW
published this week's cover story
critical of a Craigslist prostitution sting by three of Dickinson's officers.
"It's unfortunate, the timing of it," Wolf says. "It's no secret this is something he has been planning for a while."
Here's the news release from Tigard PD:
William Dickinson, Police Chief for the City of Tigard announced he will be retiring this fall. After nearly seven years, Chief Dickinson draws a close to an accomplishment rich run as Tigard's Police Chief.
Chief Dickinson began his career with Tigard Police as Chief of Police in 2003, replacing then retiring, Ron Goodpaster. Chief Dickinson came to Tigard as a law enforcement veteran from Washington State, where he served as the Police Chief for the City of Burien as well as a King County Precinct Commander. Chief Dickinson served in just about every capacity of law enforcement including K-9, SWAT, Narcotics and Investigations. To date, Chief Dickinson has served 38 years as a law enforcement member.
"Bill has done a great job for the City of Tigard by partnering with citizens and the business community to enhance the safety and security of Tigard's residents, businesses and visitors." City Manager Craig Prosser remarked. "I will miss him greatly, but I will rest easy thanks to the well-trained police team he built and the commitment of the department to earn the public trust and confidence through their professionalism."
Chief Dickinson established a mission statement for the Tigard Police Department. Chief Dickinson's mark of accomplishments included; improved management practices and use of technology, modernizing and updating equipment and vehicles, improved staffing levels and training rich work environments, expansion of community policing programming
and practices as well as expanded programming focusing on our youth in the community.
Along with the announcement of his retirement from Tigard Police, Chief Dickinson has chosen to pursue his other interests.
City Manager Craig Prosser has designated Assistant Chief Alan Orr as acting Police Chief until a permanent replacement is appointed.