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Wheeler names Danielle Outlaw new Portland police chief

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has decided to bring in a 19-year police veteran from California to be the next chief of the Portland Police Bureau.

Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw has been with the Oakland Police Department since 1997 and has served in her current role since 2013.

In a statement released Monday afternoon. Wheeler noted that he hired Outlaw based on her ability to lead more than 1,200 department employees in Oakland, work with diverse communities and lead a department committed to “community policing, transparency and accountability.”

“I have concrete goals for the Portland Police Bureau, all of them challenging to achieve. I need a partner. I need a leader. More than that, I need someone with a passion for this work who will be in it for the long haul,” Wheeler said in the release. “Danielle Outlaw is that person.”

Outlaw began her career while still in high school as a Oakland Police Explorer and has had assignments in a wide variety of divisions, including Patrol, Community Services, the Office of Chief of Police, the Criminal Investigation Division, Public Information, Internal Affairs and the Office of Inspector General and the Bureau of Risk Management.

The new chief has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of San Francisco and a master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University, and she is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police and the Major Cities Chiefs’ Association Police Executive Leadership Institute.

She also is only the second woman to serve as Deputy Chief in Oakland and the first woman in that department to head the Bureau of Field Operations Two based out of east Oakland.

With her hire, Outlaw will become the first black woman to serve as the chief in Portland and only the fourth woman ever to hold the position.

“My life’s passion is policing. I want to make a positive difference in the lives of my fellow officers and the residents of the community,” Outlaw said. “Portland is an amazing City. I am humbled by the tremendous opportunity in front of me, and am ready to get to get to work.”

Outlaw will replace Chief Mike Marshman, who Wheeler praised in the release for “jump-starting” recruitment efforts and improving officer morale.

“Mike Marshman made tremendous strides in key areas during his time as Chief,” the mayor said. “I enjoyed a positive working relationship with him, and have the highest respect for him as a leader and as a person. He is a good man.”

Shortly after the release from the mayor’s office, Marshman issued his own statement, thanking the members of the police bureau and calling the PPB “one of the best police departments in the country."

"I want to thank the members of the Portland Police Bureau for their support and the incredible work they do every day to keep Portland safe," he said in the release. "It has been an honor to serve as Chief of Police and to serve this community throughout my career. I'm confident that the Portland Police Bureau will continue to be a leader in 21st Century Policing and the community should rest easy knowing they have one of the best police departments in the country."

While not directly mention the hire of Outlaw as the new chief, the Portland Police Association, the union which represents the officers in the bureau, did issue a statement from PPA president Daryl Turner thanking Marshman for his tenure as chief.

As president of the Portland Police Association, I'd like to thank Chief Mike Marshman for his leadership over the past fourteen months during the most tumultuous times we’ve seen in the past quarter century. He took a ship in troubled waters, in danger of running aground, and turned us back towards the horizon. His leadership stabilized this organization and improved morale. We have nothing but respect and admiration for him as our Police Chief and as a member of the Portland Police Bureau.

The rank and file members of the Portland Police Association are now and have always been the foundation of the PPB. Although we will miss Chief Marshman’s leadership, we will continue to move this organization in a positive direction as we serve the needs of our ever-evolving and diverse community with dedication, equity, and compassion.

Outlaw is set to take over the bureau no later than October 2, following the successful completion of a background check which is expected take four to six weeks

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