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Danielle Outlaw of Oakland PD named new Portland Police chief

Danielle Outlaw. (Photo via Portland Mayor's Office)

Danielle Outlaw of the Oakland Police Department has been named the new Portland Police chief.

Current chief Mike Marshman was one of the four finalists for the job, but announced internally he didn't get selected for the position Monday afternoon.

Shortly after, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Outlaw has been selected for the position. She has spent 19 years with the Oakland Police Department, most recently as deputy police chief since 2013.

“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,” said Outlaw. “Portland is an amazing city. I am humbled by the tremendous opportunity in front of me, and am ready to get to work.”

Marshman was appointed police chief in June 2016, after then-police chief Larry O'Dea was being investigated for accidentally shooting a friend during a hunting trip.

“Mike Marshman made tremendous strides in key areas during his time as chief,” Mayor Wheeler wrote in a news release. “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.”

In a statement Monday afternoon, Marshman announced he is retiring. In the meantime, Assistant Chief Chris Uehara will work as interim chief.

Outlaw will begin her new job no later than Oct. 2. She'll become the city's first female African American chief.

"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," Marshman said in a statement. "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."

Daryl Turner with the Portland Police Association released the following statement:

"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."

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