Richard Rosenthal of Portland, Or., has been offered the job of monitoring police in Denver, but Portland is fighting to keep him, the Denver Post reports. “We don’t want to lose him. He’s done a great job,” said Portland Auditor Gary Blackmer, Rosenthal’s boss. Blackmer has asked city officials to make an exception to the $91,000 cap for Rosenthal’s position.
As Portland’s police review director, Rosenthal commissioned an audit of police officer shootings and regards it as his most significant achievement. The audit, by the Police Assessment Resource Center, contained 89 recommendations for policy changes, many of which Portland adopted or is considering. Chief among them was to shift the focus of shooting investigations to the events and tactics leading up to the event rather than the shooting itself.