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Chief Bob Day

Chief Bob Daywas sworn in as Chief of Police on October 11, 2023.

Bob Day retired as Deputy Chief of the Portland Police Bureau in 2019. Following his retirement, he launched Reluctant Change, a company that offers workshops, keynote speeches, and consulting services on how to use humility, curiosity, empathy, and hope as a vital pathway to managing change and leading effectively.

Bob has also worked as a consultant and contractor for various companies, including as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Red Door Project, Lones Management Consulting and as a Project Manager for Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Office.

Bob’s law enforcement experience spans 29 years. After being appointed to the Portland Police Bureau on April 26, 1990, he held multiple ranks including officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. Bob served as the Central Precinct commander, as well as tactical incident commander and crowd control commander. He was appointed to Assistant Chief and later, Deputy Chief in May 2018. As a member of the chiefs executive team, he oversaw the majority of the day-to-day responsibilities of the Police Bureau, focusing mainly on operations and investigations.

During his years of service Bob developed a reputation as a skilled leader and innovative manager. He has been honored by multiple community groups and business organizations for his dedication to community policing values and concepts. Bob has championed equity issues and implicit bias training as critical components in contemporary policing He has led difficult but critical conversations regarding race and bias within his department, with other criminal justice leaders and community members.

Bob has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and Leadership from George Fox University.  He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Clackamas Community College.

Deputy Chief Mike Frome

On September 2, 2021, Mike was sworn in as Deputy Chief. Prior to this appointment, Mike had been serving as Assistant Chief of the Services Branch and prior to that Assistant Chief of Operations (he was appointed Assistant Chief on January 9, 2020). 

Mike was appointed to the Portland Police Bureau on January 21st, 1999.  After completing his training rotations, he worked at Central Precinct and then as a member of the Criminal Intelligence Unit, assigned as dignitary protection to then-Mayor Vera Katz. 

Mike then went to Northeast Precinct before being promoted to Detective. He worked in the Detective Division, East Precinct, and Tactical Operations Division. In 2011, he was assigned as a sergeant to Central Precinct.

Mike went on to work on the Burglary Task Force in the Detective Division, before being promoted to Lieutenant assigned to Central Precinct and later, the Chief’s office, as the Executive Officer for the Operations Branch Assistant Chief.

In May 2018, Mike was promoted to Captain and assigned to Central Precinct and later that year, he was appointed to Commander and assigned to oversee the Transit Division.  While a Commander, Mike completed training and became a Critical Incident Commander for the Bureau.

Mike was honored with a Unit Commendation as part of the Bureau’s Crisis Intervention Team, an Achievement Medal for his work with the Multnomah County Justice Reinvestment Program, and two Life Saving Medals for his response to suicidal individuals.  Mike has a Bachelor’s and Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon.

Assistant Chief Jeff Bell: Investigations Branch

In January 2024, Jeff became the Assistant Chief of the Investigations Branch. Previously, he served as the Assistant Chief of Operations since his promotion in October 2022. 

Jeff was appointed to the Portland Police Bureau on March 16, 2000.  After completing probation, he served as a patrol officer at North Precinct, the Transit Division and Southeast Precinct.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2008, and he worked at Southeast Precinct, North Precinct, the Personnel Division, and Internal Affairs.

After promoting to Lieutenant in 2014, Jeff was originally assigned to remain in Internal Affairs.  He was later transferred to the Training Division where he managed the Advanced Academy and Field Training programs.

Jeff was promoted to Captain in 2016 and reassigned to the Professional Standards Division as the Captain of Internal Affairs.  While there, he helped to rewrite the police accountability policies and worked extensively on bringing the work of the Professional Standards Division into compliance with the US DOJ Settlement Agreement.  He was promoted to Commander in 2019 and was assigned to the Detective Division.  At the Detective Division, Jeff oversaw the integration of both the Forensic Evidence Division and the Family Services Division into the Detective Division.

In 2021, Jeff was transferred back to the Professional Standards Division for a third time, this time as the Commander.  There, he continued to work on issues of police accountability and DOJ compliance.

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington.  He has also been honored with the Medal of Valor, two Police Medals, and a Unit Commendation Medal.

Assistant Chief Christopher Gjovik: Operations Branch  

Chris Gjovik was appointed as Assistant Chief of the Operations Branch on January 18, 2024. Prior to that, he had served as the Commander of the Specialized Resources Division.

Chris was appointed to the Portland Police Bureau on February 17th 2000.  After finishing his training, he was assigned to East Precinct and then later to the Transit Division.  He also worked at Central Precinct as a Neighborhood Response Team officer. 

In 2014, Chris was promoted to sergeant and assigned to East Precinct. He later worked in the Personnel Division and the Detective Division.  In 2019, he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the Internal Affairs Division where he also worked after being promoted to captain in  2021 . He then went on to the training division until his promotion to commander in 2022. As commander, he oversaw North Precinct and then the Specialized Resources Division.

Chris has numerous commendations and was honored with a Medal of Valor for his response during a violent shooting incident in 2015. In 2015, Chris earned an Achievement Medal for helping to create the Livability Improvement Program to compassionately assist illegal campers on finding housing and other areas of outreach.

Chris currently represents PPB on the Salvation Army’s Metro Region Board. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Portland State University and is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police. He is also manager of the Bureau's Critical Incident Commander program.

Assistant Chief Mike Leasure: Services Branch

On September 2, 2021, Mike Leasure began serving as the Services Branch Assistant Chief. Prior to that, he had been serving as the Operations Branch Assistant Chief since July 15, 2020. served as Commander of Central Precinct since July 1, 2020.

Mike was appointed to the Portland Police Bureau in 2000. After serving as a patrol officer and a Parkrose School Resource Officer, he was promoted to sergeant in 2010 and assigned to oversee patrol, as well as the Bike Patrol at Central Precinct. As a sergeant in the Personnel Division, he oversaw development and successful implementation of the diverse officer recruitment and hiring plan, which resulted in a 30% increase in the number of diverse candidates hired by the Police Bureau.

In 2016, Mike was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to Central Precinct, to the Chief’s Office as Adjutant Lieutenant, North Precinct and the Tactical Operations Division.

Mike was promoted to Captain in 2019 and assigned to the Youth Services Division, which was responsible for providing police services to approximately 189 schools and approximately 77,000 students. He then was promoted to Commander and assigned to Central Precinct.

Mike is known as a committed, collaborative and progressive law enforcement executive with extensive experience in critical decision making, working in complex and dynamic environments, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and community engagement. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Gonzaga University and attended the Organizational Management and Leadership Academy at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

Mike is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the Jefferson High School Boys to Men Mentoring program.  He has participated in the African-American Advisory Council, the Diversity Inclusion Leadership Council, and as a basketball camp coordinator for the Portland Police Summer Camp.  He has been honored with the Achievement Medal from the Community/Police Relations Committee and the George Weatheroy Police Volunteer of the Year award.

Assistant Chief Chuck Lovell: Community Engagement

Chuck Lovell was sworn in as Chief on  June 11, 2020 and served until October 11, 2023, when he stepped down. He is now the Assistant Chief overseeing Community Engagement. Throughout his tenure at the Portland Police Bureau, he has demonstrated to be a collaborative, culturally competent and ethically driven servant leader. A transformational leader, he is known for his self-growth and mentoring. In 2019, Chuck served as the Acting Captain of the newly formed Community Services Division. There, he provided a focus and strategic direction to the Behavioral Health Unit, Service Coordination Team, Office of Community Engagement, and Homeless Community Liaison.

Prior to joining the Portland Police Bureau, Chuck was a member of the U.S. Air Force and served in many capacities. Chuck has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University and has received his Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Charleston. He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). 

Chief Lovell is a graduate of  the FBI’s National Executive Institute (NEI) and PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).  He is  a member of the Board of Directors for Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards (DPSST) and Lines for Life. Chuck has been honored with a Police Medal, Achievement Medal, three Unit Commendation Medals, an Air Force Commendation Medal and an Air Force Achievement Medal (with valor).