Portland Chief Reese May Run for Mayor, Probably Not in 2012


Portland Police Chief Mike Reese may run for mayor–sometime. After reports that he will run next year, Reese told The Oregonian, “No, I like being chief of police. I’m very happy doing what I’m doing. I’m very humble to have the opportunity to serve.” He, left the door open for perhaps a future run, in say five years.

The Willamette Week reported Reese told associates he’s decided to run to replace Mayor Sam Adams, who is not seeking re-election. Reese, 54, a Portland native, has led the Police Bureau for 18 months, having been appointed chief by Mayor Sam Adams on May 12, 2010. Political consultants from The Gallatin Group have discussed with Reese a run for mayor, and also sought input from other community leaders about the chief’s potential run.

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