Portland Mayor Tom Potter has named Rosie Sizer to serve as the city’s 45th police chief, calling her an exceptional leader and the right person to restore stability in the Portland Police Bureau, reports The Oregonian. “Chief Sizer has guided the bureau through a very difficult time with strength, tact and leadership,” Potter said. Sizer, a 21-year bureau veteran who served five years as a precinct commander before she was tapped in mid-April to serve as acting chief, becomes the second woman to lead the Portland police force.
Sizer, 47, said she will work to make the police force more open and transparent; ensure that officers reach out to all segments of the community, particularly those who feel disenfranchised; use the bureau’s “scarce resources” to best address crime; and support and develop her employees. Sizer has led the department since April 11, when Potter placed Chief Derrick Foxworth on paid leave while the city investigated a desk clerk’s allegations against him. Last week, the mayor demoted Foxworth for a “serious lapse of judgment” tied to sexually explicit e-mails he sent to the desk clerk. Potter had said that if Foxworth did not return as chief, he’d hold a national search for a successor. Yesterday, he said he changed his mind after he recognized the widespread support for Sizer, both in City Hall and beyond.