PPB Chief Chuck Lovell resigning; interim chief selected

Portland Police Bureau Chief of Police Chuck Lovell announced his resignation as leader of the department Wednesday.
Published: Sep. 20, 2023 at 12:30 PM PDT
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) – Portland Police Bureau Chief of Police Chuck Lovell announced his resignation as leader of the department Wednesday.

The announcement came during a conference to the public with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who praised Lovell for his work in the department. Lovell will move into leading the Bureau’s community engagement efforts.

“Chief Lovell has led the Bureau through unprecedented times with a steady and reliable hand,” Mayor Wheeler said. “He has nothing but my support, admiration, and gratitude for his service.”

Lovell says he will stay at the bureau and be active during the transition. Lovell has been Chief of Police since June 2020, following the sudden resignation of former chief Jami Resch.

Lovell’s resignation as Chief of Police will become effective Oct. 11. Wheeler announced a selection has also been made for Interim Chief with former Deputy Chief Robert Day stepping in. Day held the second in command position under former Chief Danielle Outlaw, in 2018 until his retirement in 2019.

Day will serve as Interim Chief until June 2025 to allow the newly elected Mayor and City Council to decide the leadership of the Bureau, according to Mayor Wheeler. The former Deputy Chief then led multiple assignments and teams within the bureau, including the Training Division, Critical Incident Command, Crowd Management, and Operations Branch.

This is breaking news and will be updated as more information becomes available.