New Chief Makes Heads Roll on the 15th Floor of the Police Bureau (Updated with Press Release)


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Cops say Mike Reese has wasted no time as Portland's new top cop before purging the chief's office of several high-profile figures. Three sources close to the police bureau tell WW that Leslie Stevens and John Eckhart have been told they'll no longer be employed on the 15th floor of the Justice Center. Two of those sources say Brian Martinek also is out. Stevens is head of the bureau's Office ...   More
 
Thursday, May 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Jesse Cornett Accuses Dan Saltzman of Ethical Breach


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The Merc reported today on an interesting 2009 decision by Commissioner Dan Saltzman regarding the City of Portland's Children's Levy. Saltzman sits on the levy's allocation committee, which decides who gets grants from a taxpayer-supported initiative that Saltzman often touts as a personal accomplishment. And last year, the allocation committee awarded a three-year, $600,000 grant to CARES ...   More
 
Monday, May 3, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Saltzman Calls Adams "Vindictive," Claims Explanation for Timing Is "Ridiculous"


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Sixteen months after accepting the job Mayor Sam Adams originally didn't want, Commissioner Dan Saltzman responded this afternoon to the mayor's abrupt decision to strip Saltzman of his job as police commissioner and to fire Chief Rosie Sizer. Saltzman called Adams' decision an example of the mayor's vengeful and headline-driven style of governance. "I've experienced vindictiveness by the mayor," ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Reaction to Mayor's Decision to Fire Sizer and Replace Saltzman As Police Commissioner


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The person everyone wants to hear from, following this morning's major police shakeup, is Commissioner Dan Saltzman. But Saltzman wasn't at City Hall after Mayor Sam Adams announced at noon he was both taking over the Police Bureau (16 months after taking the unusual step for a mayor of assigning it to Saltzman) and firing Chief Rosie Sizer. Meanwhile, one of Saltzman's main opponents in the ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Saltzman on Chasse Settlement: 'The Best Interests of Our City' (UPDATED With Comment From Chasse Family)


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Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman this afternoon apologized to the family of James Chasse Jr. after the city reached a $1.6 million settlement in a lawsuit over Chasse's 2006 death in police custody. "I believe this proposed settlement to be in the best interests of our city and our community, and it's my hope that by settling this case, we can begin to heal from the tragic death of Mr. Chasse," ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Observer Challenges Cornett's Claims About Lobbying Record


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Two days after raising questions about his opponent's ethics, Jesse Cornett, candidate for Portland City Council against Commissioner Dan Saltzman, finds that the tables have turned. The Portland Observer today reports that Cornett has "backed down from a claim he made in an interview with the Portland Observer (April 21 issue) that he worked with a former Portland State University student to ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland City Attorney's Office Says Saltzman Committeed No Ethical Breach


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The Portland City Attorney's Office says Commissioner Dan Saltzman is not guilty of a conflict of interest after having voted on a panel to give a taxpayer-funded grant to his girlfriend's employer. The issue of whether that may have been the case surfaced yesterday after the Portland Mercury disclosed the relationship, and two of Saltzman's opponents in the May 18 primary said Saltzman was ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Switcheroo? Uniformed Cops to Take Over Civilian Jobs Cut in Police Budget


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When Mayor Sam Adams and new Police Chief Mike Reese rolled out their revised police budget last month, they said it was all about preserving public safety in Portland by keeping cops on the streets. "This budget is about protecting the operational integrity of the Portland Police Bureau," Reese was quoted as saying in a news release. "Units like Mounted Patrol and Cold Case are what Portlanders ...   More
 
Thursday, June 3, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

With Saltzman Gone From Police, is Testing Cops for Drugs off the Table?


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Back when he was still in charge of the police, city Commissioner Dan Saltzman was making noise about drug-testing for cops. Disturbed by a widening FBI steroid investigation that began in the Canby cop shop and that has spread to neighboring agencies, Saltzman told KOIN 6 he wanted to make drug testing part of ongoing contract negotiations with the police union. Now that Mayor Sam Adams ...   More
 
Thursday, May 27, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Police Union Shredded No-Confidence Ballots on Sizer and Saltzman (UPDATED With Election Results)


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The Portland Police Association announced today it has two candidates heading for a runoff to be president of the 900-member union. Officer Daryl Turner got 44 percent of the 671 votes cast. Sgt. Doug Justus got 39 percent. A third candidate, Officer John Grable, did not make the runoff. Ballots in the runoff election will be counted July 21. Whichever candidate wins the election, there's ...   More
 
Friday, June 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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