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

Cops React to Sizer's Firing


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Cops reacted with relief today at the news that Mayor Sam Adams had fired Chief Rosie Sizer and replaced her with Mike Reese, a popular commander among the rank and file. As we reported last fall, Sizer had lost the trust of her troops — many of whom viewed her as unsupportive in the face of what many cops view as unfair criticism from the public. Three cops tell WW that Facebook lit ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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

Rosie Sizer and Sam Adams On $1.6 Million Chasse Settlement


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Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer and Mayor Sam Adams have released statements this afternoon on the city's $1.6 million settlement with the family of James Chasse Jr. Sizer says she is "relieved" by the settlement. Here's what else she had to say: Nearly four years ago, James Chasse died in the custody of Portland Police officers. I and members of my organization felt horrible about his death. ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 HANK STERN

Citizen Review Committee Reports on Alleged Bias By Portland Police


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City's Hall's Citizen Review Committee on police today released its final report (PDF) on alleged bias by Portland cops. There are some pointed words about police and police oversight. But the report, three-and-a-half years in the making, contains nothing groundbreaking. Overall, its recommendations fall along the lines of "let's communicate more and improve what we're already doing." The ...   More
 
Thursday, May 27, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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

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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