O’Dea won’t receive FBI briefs on leave

O'Dea remains on paid leave pending several investigations

Former PPB Chief Larry O'Dea in a file photo.
Former PPB Chief Larry O'Dea in a file photo.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – It is unlikely that Police Chief Larry O’Dea will receive any briefings from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force while on paid leave.

In 2015, the city committed two officers to the JTTF. To monitor those officers’ contributions, O’Dea sought a Top Secret clearance from the FBI.

FBI public affairs specialist Beth Anne Steele said in an e-mail that the FBI does not comment on who has or does not have a Top Secret clearance.

Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson said in a separate email that “Acting Chief Henderson will be assuming all roles of the Chief, including this role, until otherwise notified that she is no longer serving as Acting Chief.”

It remains unknown if Henderson had earlier sought Top Secret clearance from the FBI or if she will be applying.

When the city council voted 3-2 to join the JTTF, Hales called his vote “a reluctant decision to join” and one of the most difficult decisions he’s had to make. The no votes came from commissioners Steve Novick and Amanda Fritz.

O’Dea was placed on leave this week after discrepancies were discovered in his involvement in an off-duty shooting that happened in late April in Harney Co. A close friend of O’Dea’s was shot in the back. Neither O’Dea nor the city publically acknowledged the incident until May 20.

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