06/23/2006

Portland, Ore., installs new police chief following scandal

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore.- The city named a 20-year department veteran to lead the police department Thursday, six days after the former chief was demoted following a scandal involving a relationship with a desk clerk.

Rosie Sizer, who becomes the city's 45th chief, was named interim chief in April, when Mayor Tom Potter placed Derrick Foxworth on administrative leave.

"It's important at this time to restore a sense of stability to the Portland Police Bureau, and I believe Rosie's permanent appointment will help do that," Potter said.

The bureau was thrust into the spotlight when explicit e-mails from the clerk to Foxworth became public. Foxworth acknowledged a relationship lasting more than a year with the clerk, Angela Oswalt, before he became chief in 2003.

But, Potter said, Foxworth used poor judgment in sharing department information with Oswalt, and he was demoted from chief to captain.

This week, Sizer bumped Foxworth up a notch in the hierarchy, making him a commander and giving him her former position as southeast precinct commander. She said that she wanted to avoid dividing the bureau into two camps.

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