Sheriff Reese started his career in 1989 as a Deputy Sheriff with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. He transferred to the Portland Police Bureau in 1994, working his way up the ranks, serving as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, commander and ultimately Chief of Police, retiring in 2015. He came out of retirement to serve as the interim director of the Citizen’s Crime Commission, before he was sworn-in as sheriff in 2016 and was elected Sheriff in the general election.
Sheriff Reese believes public safety is a time honored profession, one that is aligned with community values, adopts and adheres to systems of accountability and furthers community trust. He is committed to building trust in the Sheriff’s Office, improving County-wide public safety and health issues such as gang and gun violence, drug addiction, homelessness and reducing the number of mentally ill people incarcerated in our local jails.
Mike has a BS in Psychology and an Executive Master of Public Administration from Portland State University. He lives in Portland with his wife Cindy where they raised their three daughters. They enjoy spending as much time sailing on their sailboat as possible.