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Chief Chuck Lovell

Chief Chuck Lovell was sworn in as Chief of Police on June 11, 2020.

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).

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 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 Jami Resch: Investigations Branch

Jami was appointed to the Portland Police Bureau on February 15, 1999. After serving as a Patrol Officer, Neighborhood Response Team Officer and Tactical Operations Division Crime Analyst Officer, she was promoted to Sergeant in 2008, and was assigned to East Precinct and later the Gun Task Force. She was promoted to Lieutenant in 2012 and assigned to East Precinct and later the Criminal Intelligence Unit. She has also served as the manager of the Portland Police Honor Guard and as a Critical Incident Commander. In October 2016, she was promoted to Captain and assigned to North Precinct; she later served as Acting Commander. In May 2018, she was appointed Assistant Chief of the Investigations Branch. She was later appointed to Deputy Chief in 2019.  On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, Jami was sworn in as Chief of Police. She served until June 2020, when she stepped aside, naming Chuck Lovell as her successor. 

“After 10 days of nightly demonstrations, I made the decision after listening to our community,” said Chief Jami Resch at the time “It was time for PPB to stand up and be the leader in change.  I first called Mayor Wheeler and I asked him to support me and support the Portland Police Bureau and being the beginning of the change that this city needs. I believe this change starts with trust that absolutely must come from the heart. 

“I asked Chuck Lovell to step into the role as Chief of Police for the Portland Police Bureau. He is the exact right person at the exact right moment. Chuck is the most compassion, honest, humble, genuine-to-the core person. His entire career has been about service. It is important the city, the Bureau and all of us stand alongside Chief Lovell. I am 100% confident in him and his leadership.”

After stepping down, Jami served as Acting Assistant Chief of Investigations for a short time before being appointed to assume that role on August 4, 2020. 

Jami has been an active member in the Police Bureau's Muslim Council, Slavic Advisory Council and Refugee Integration Program. She has also volunteered her time with Camp Rosenbaum, Shop with a Cop and acted as a mentor for the Zman Scholarship Foundation.

Jami holds multiple certificates in advanced SWAT command and decision making; threat assessment training and diplomatic security law enforcement training. She was honored with a Bureau Achievement Medal and four Unit Commendations.

She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Allied Health Sciences with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Portland. 

Assistant Chief Jeff Bell: Operations Branch

On October 13, 2022, Jeff was sworn in as the Assistant Chief of Operations.  Prior to that, he had been serving as the Commander of the Professional Standards Division since 2021.

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.