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Appoint Joseph Torres Ortiz to the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing


As Mayor and Police Commissioner, I request Council confirmation of the following appointments to the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP):


Term Start Date

Unfinished Term Expires


Joseph Torres Ortiz (youth)May 24, 2023August 31, 2023Anthony Barnes

The full membership of PCCEP, following this confirmation, is:


Date of First Appointment

Current Term Ends

Ann Campbell

April 11, 2020

August 31, 2023

Gloria Canson

August 27, 2021

August 31, 2023

Nathan Castle

June 15, 2022

August 31, 2024

Celeste Carey

July 7, 2021

August 31, 2024

Scott LattaFebruary 15, 2023August 31, 2024
Leslie MartinezSeptember 1, 2022August 31, 2024
Tia Palafox

August 27, 2021

August 31, 2023

Ashley SchofieldSeptember 1, 2022August 31, 2024
Derek ThompsonFebruary 15, 2023August 31, 2024
Joseph Torres Ortiz (youth)May 24, 2023August 31, 2023

Byron Vaughn

August 27, 2021

August 31, 2023

Robin WisnerAugust 3, 2022August 31, 2023

Respectfully submitted,

Ted Wheeler

Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing Appointment

Joseph Torres Ortiz

I'm a Portland native and currently pursuing my Master's in Education at Portland State University with the goal of teaching middle school social studies. I'm passionate about social change and empowering my community, and I'm proud to work for a non-profit organization that serves youth and families in the area. As a leader, I'm dedicated to promoting equity and creating a more just society.

Statement of Interest
My goal on the committee is to discuss the role of policing in our community and explore alternative solutions to public safety. I believe that we can make our city much safer by adopting community-based action plans that focus on building connections and compassion. By doing so, we can create a more resilient community that is better equipped to address public safety concerns.

Impact Statement

Purpose of Proposed Legislation and Background Information

The Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing began its work in September 2018. It is tasked with monitoring the City’s compliance with the Settlement Agreement USDOJ v. City of Portland, and is itself a part of that agreement. It also works to ensure community input into police directive review and other policy issues, and reviews the Portland Police Bureau’s community engagement effort, racial equity plan, and more.

This report appoints one community member to serve on the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing. The appointee will complete the unfinished term of a former youth member of PCCEP, through August 31, 2023, and is eligible for reappointment at that time for future 1-year terms. This appointment was made from the current pool of applicants for PCCEP, which consists of applications received in 2022-2023. Applications not included in this appointment will be kept on file and reviewed for upcoming appointments for up to one year.

Financial and Budgetary Impacts

There is no direct financial or budgetary impact related to this appointment.

Community Impacts and Community Involvement

  • All Portlanders may be impacted by the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing’s work.
  • Recommendations from PCCEP are presented to the Commissioner-in-charge of the Police Bureau, as well as the Chief of Police or designate, on a rolling basis. Community involvement is an important part of each of these processes.
  • PCCEP meetings are generally open to the public, and PCCEP conducts community engagement to try and include as many Portlanders as possible in PCCEP's work.

100% Renewable Goal

Although it is incorporated into the sustainable procurement policy, this specific report does not impact the city’s use of energy or pursuit of the 100% renewable goal.

Agenda Items

413 Regular Agenda in May 24, 2023 Council Agenda


Motion to accept the report: Moved by Mapps and seconded by Ryan.
  • Commissioner Dan Ryan Yea
  • Commissioner Rene Gonzalez Yea
  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea

Introduced by


Requested Agenda Type


Date and Time Information

Requested Council Date
Time Requested
10 minutes