Portland chief of police, currently under a couple of investigations due to the fact that he accidentally shot a buddy while camping in eastern Oregon back in April, has decided to retire. As I said at the time, "Bye-Bye, Larry!"
And right on cue, after former Portland police chief Larry O'Dea's lawyer announced yesterday that Larry was resigning, Portland mayor Streetcar Charlie returned yesterday from his latest junket (for a guy who cares so much about man-made global warming, he sure does his part when it comes to burning jet fuel) and announced that he was gonna shake things up at the police bureau.
Capt. Michael Marshman will now become chief, Hales said.
Streetcar could have done worse; Marshman's got the respect of both the cops and their union, so there's a start. Larry's former assistant chiefs are all being transferred; Donna Henderson was briefly promoted from assistant chief to acting chief in the wake of Larry's suspension, but:
Henderson and the others face administrative investigations into why they didn't call for an internal inquiry when O'Dea told them about the shooting.
O'Dea initially told a Harney County sheriff's deputy who responded to the 911 call that his friend appeared to have shot himself while trying to place his pistol back in his shoulder holster.
The Harney County deputy who responded to the 911 call described O'Dea's breath as smelling of alcohol, his eyes watery and bloodshot. He described O'Dea as shaking and nervous, and quickly downing bottles of water while he was being interviewed, the deputy's report said.
Larry informed his four assistants of the incident, and he told Streetcar as well. All of them kept it quiet for over a month, until reporters started nosing around.
Portland: The City That Works (you over).