FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Daryl Turner
PORTLAND, ORE – April 27, 2017
Rank-and-File Weigh In on the National Police Chief Search
Mayor Wheeler has widely publicized his national search for a new Portland Police Chief. Mayor Wheeler is actively seeking input about what the community wants to see in a Police Chief. But City Hall has not actively sought input from the rank-and-file Police Bureau members who work hard every day to keep our City safe. That’s concerning.
We welcome community input; after all, we swear an oath to protect and serve all Portlanders. But we need to hear from the rank-and-file; their opinion counts. The Portland Police Association surveyed our members to evaluate the performance of Portland’s current Police Chief, Mike Marshman. We also sought our members’ opinion on how the Police Bureau would be impacted if the Mayor replaced Chief Marshman with a new chief from another agency.
We conducted a survey of the PPA’s membership. Of our 849 members, 84% (712) responded to our survey. The results are clear:
- 90% believe that the morale in the Police Bureau has improved since Chief Mike Marshman replaced Larry O’Dea as Chief of Police.
- 91% believe that since assuming his leadership role, Chief Marshman has promoted a positive culture in the Police Bureau.
- 88% do not believe that a national search for a new police chief is the best option for moving the Police Bureau forward.
- 82% do not believe that the Mayor/Police Commissioner will incorporate the rank-and-file members’ input when conducting his national search for a police chief.
- 87% believe that replacing Chief Marshman will negatively affect morale in the Police Bureau.
- 67% believe that replacing Chief Marshman will negatively affect retention and recruiting efforts that have improved over the past several months.
- 83% believe that replacing Chief Marshman with a chief from outside the Police Bureau will negatively affect the Police Bureau.
- 94% of the rank-and-file police bureau members support Chief Marshman’s continued tenure as chief of police.
Daryl Turner, President of the Portland Police Association, observed, “When it’s clear that Chief Marshman is more than qualified for the position and has the overwhelming support of his rank-and-file employees, a national search for a police chief is a misguided endeavor.”
Download the Survey Results >>> PPA PPB Leadership Survey April 27 2017
Download the Press Release >>> 04272017-PPA-Press-Release.pdf