Portland officials are investigating Police Chief Derrick Foxworth over allegations of sexual misconduct, The Oregonian reports. One source said the case includes graphic e-mails Foxworth sent to a female desk clerk before he became chief. The e-mails were part of a nine-page legal notice filed yesterday by the woman. The source said the document, which alerts the city of a possible lawsuit, alleges that Foxworth and the woman had a sexual relationship. Mayor Tom Potter refused to release the document, which under Oregon law is a public record.
Foxworth said he’s been told to refer all questions to the Human Resources Bureau. “I wish I could share my side of this matter, which is five or six years old, but unfortunately I can’t,” Foxworth said. Foxworth, 47, was sworn in as the city’s 44th police chief Oct. 31, 2003, after 22 years with the agency. He got the job when former Mayor Vera Katz appointed him after the forced resignation of his former boss, Mark Kroeker, over the handling of the police shooting of an black woman.