Sheriff Michael ReeseMultnomah County Sheriff's Office
501 SE Hawthorne, Suite 350
Portland, OR 97214
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About Sheriff Reese
Sheriff Michael Reese, the former Portland police chief, officially was sworn as Sheriff of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 to complete the term of Sheriff Dan Stanton who retired.
About the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
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Winter, 2016 – I am grateful to have been elected Sheriff by Multnomah County voters during the November 8th election. I appreciate the opportunity to serve our community and return to MCSO where I started my career in law enforcement. I would like to thank the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association for their support as a new sheriff and look forward to working with you to improve public safety in our state.
More important than my election, voters in Multnomah County also upheld their right to elect the Sheriff in Multnomah County with a decisive 74% “No” vote on Measure 26-183, which set out to amend the county charter to require an appointed sheriff. This important decision affirms our communities’ desire to maintain accountability through a democratic process of electing a sheriff.
Moving forward, our agency continues to focus on aligning with our public safety partners and elected officials to find solutions to the challenges we face in regard to several issues, including programming solutions to reduce jail time, services available to the mentally ill while in our custody, and providing effective transition options for those leaving our custody to help break the cycle of recidivism they currently experience.
I am also excited about work being done on a new program we call H.O.P.E. (homeless outreach programs and engagement). This program will bring social service providers, housing advocates, and law enforcement to the same table to address homelessness and neighborhood livability issues in our community. Through a holistic approach to this very real dilemma, I am confident we can find sustainable long-term solutions.