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Assistant Chief Donna Henderson named acting PPB Chief

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Asst. Chief Donna Henderson was named as acting PPB Chief Tuesday, the same day Chief Larry O'Dea was placed on leave while he is being investigated in relation to a shooting in Harney County. (KPTV) Asst. Chief Donna Henderson was named as acting PPB Chief Tuesday, the same day Chief Larry O'Dea was placed on leave while he is being investigated in relation to a shooting in Harney County. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Mayor Charlie Hales has appointed Assistant Chief Donna Henderson as the Portland Police Bureau Acting Chief, just hours after Chief Larry O’Dea was placed on administrative leave.

Most recently, Henderson has been overseeing the PPB’s investigations branch.

She joined the PPB in 1988, and has worked as a detective, with the Hostage Negotiation Team, Transit division and Family Services division, before being made assistant chief in 2013.

In a statement to PPB officers, Henderson offered her support and commitment.

"My pledge to you during this time is to communicate with you as we move forward. Headlines aside, we have a lot on our plate as an agency, including critical staffing issues, the ongoing DOJ-related items, budgetary issues and of course, we are headed into Rose Festival and a busy summer. I know you will continue to work hard and serve this city to the best of your ability.

"You have my support and commitment to do my best as your Acting Chief."

Mayor Hales placed O’Dea on leave as the investigation into a shooting that occurred during a personal camping trip grows.

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