Jami Resch, who gave up her role as police chief to allow Chuck Lovell to fill the job, has been appointed to serve as assistant chief of investigations.
Resch is filling the job that Assistant Chief Andrew Shearer has held. He’s retiring Aug. 3.
“Jami stepped aside during an extraordinary time in a selfless manner to do what she believed was best for the Bureau,” Lovell said in a statement. “She is an exceptional leader, and I am excited she will be re-joining the executive team.”
Resch, who was appointed chief in January, stepped down from the job in June, not fully six months into the post. She announced then that she had asked Lovell, a Black lieutenant, to replace her.
The stunning change in leadership came as city police were under fire for their handling of massive demonstrations across the city spurred by the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.
She takes over supervision of the detective division and its command staff as Portland police are scrambling to respond to 15 homicides in the city so far this month. That’s the most killings in one month in more than three decades, police said. So far this year, 24 people have died in homicides in Portland.
— Maxine Bernstein
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