Portland Police Chief Mike Reese to retire

Larry O'Dea expected to replace Reese at PPB

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced his retirement, Oct. 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced his retirement, Oct. 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced his retirement at a noon press conference.

Mayor Charlie Hales also announced Assistant Chief Larry O’Dea will replace Reese.

Reese has been chief of the PPB for four years.It is expected he will retire in January 2015. O’Dea will be the sixth police chief for Portland since 1994.

Mike Reese

Reese became a Multnomah County deputy in 1989, then transferred to the PPB in 1994.  He became a sergeant later that year, earned the rank of lieutenant in 1998 and rose to captain in 2004.

In 2006, he became Commander of the Central Precinct and then Commander of the East Precinct in 2009.

Then-Mayor Sam Adams appointed Reese chief of police on May 12, 2010.

Mayor Charlie Hales announced PPB Chief Mike Reese would retire and be replaced by Assistant Chief Larry O'Dea, Oct. 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Mayor Charlie Hales announced PPB Chief Mike Reese would retire and be replaced by Assistant Chief Larry O’Dea, Oct. 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Mayor Hales

In his remarks, Mayor Charlie Hales said “If you’re looking for drama and intrigue, look at tonight’s TV listings.” The transition in the bureau is orderly and professional.

In looking for a successor to Reese, Hales said he wanted someone “collaborative and inclusive” and was proud to choose O’Dea, the assistant chief.

The mayor said he was “very proud” of the work Reese has done, and is confident the bureau is moving “from excellent leadership to excellent leadership.”

Larry O'Dea LIVELarry O’Dea

O’Dea is starting his 29th year in the bureau, and in his remarks ticked off the list of varied jobs and assignments he’s had in that time. Those experiences gave him the background and depth to do the job, he said.

He said he’s interested in community policing, diversity and in increasing the department’s communication and collaboration.

O’Dea said he spends his Saturday building Habitat for Humanity houses and wants to build collaboration with the community.

Union response

In a statement, Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner said, “Chief Reese brought a personal touch to the job unlike any chief I’ve worked for in the past. He navigated a tough political landscape that is unique to the City of Portland. He stood his ground with the USDOJ by asserting that he did not agree that Portland Police officers had engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive force when dealing with the mentally ill. Also, Chief Reese’s goal to bring a state of the art training facility to the Bureau became a reality with the opening of the new Portland Police Training Facility last month. …

“The PPA welcomes Assistant Chief Larry O’Dea as the new Chief of Police. Over the years, Chief O’Dea and I have worked on a number of issues. We look forward to working with Chief O’Dea in the same collaborative manner as we have with Chief Reese.”

Watch the press conference in its entirety below:

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