Woodburn Police hires, promotes two
The Woodburn Police Department swore in one new officer at the Jan. 8 city council meeting. The department has also recently sworn in a new deputy chief.
Lt. Marty Pilcher, who joined the department as a lieutenant in early 2017, is now deputy chief, the second-in-command in the police department. He was privately sworn in to that position in December and was scheduled to be publicly sworn in on Jan. 8, but was unable to attend the council meeting because of a family death.
Pilcher replaces Keith Boyd, who was hired as deputy chief in October 2016. Boyd resigned in summer 2017 and has moved back to his home state of California, according to Jason Horton, the city's communications coordinator.
The city held an internal recruitment to replace Boyd, a search that resulted in only one candidate: Pilcher, who joined the department as lieutenant in 2017 and has nearly 30 years of police experience.
Pilcher served as a police officer for 28 years before retiring in September 2016 as a lieutenant from the Elk Grove Police Department in California. Through his career, Pilcher has served as a patrol officer, field training officer, detective and SWAT team leader. Before joining the Woodburn Police Department, Pilcher was an internal affairs investigator in the Portland Police Bureau.
Pilcher has a bachelor's degree from California State University, Sacramento and a master's degree from Norwich University.
And Juan Morales was sworn in as a recruit police officer at the Jan. 8 meeting. A veteran of the Marine Corps and the Army, Morales has law enforcement experience through his work as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer and an officer for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Morales, who was born in Medellin, Colombia, is fluent in Spanish.