Beaverton names Ronda Groshong as chief of police
After nearly a full year acting in the role, Ronda Groshong is now officially chief of the Beaverton Police Department.
The city of Beaverton announced Wednesday, June 17, that Groshong had been appointed by Mayor Denny Doyle.
Groshong had been acting as chief since Jim Monger retired late last June, although she wasn't formally sworn in as interim chief until July.
In a statement, Doyle hailed Groshong's stewardship of the police department in Washington County's second-largest city over the past year.
"Chief Groshong has led the Beaverton Police Department with commitment, responsiveness and care," Doyle said. "Her actions and abilities this past year have demonstrated without a doubt that she is the best person for this position at this exact moment. Her valued leadership, forward thinking and willingness to listen make her the perfect person to lead the Beaverton Police Department."
Groshong joined the Beaverton Police Department in 2005 and worked as a detective before progressing through the ranks. A police captain since 2017, she was tapped to take over from Monger upon his retirement last year.
"This is a pivotal time for law enforcement," Groshong said in a statement released by the police department Wednesday. "We are always looking for ways to improve our training and the quality of services we provide to our community members. Our community deserves a police department that shares its values, a police department that seeks fairness and justice for everyone in the community."
Groshong has previously worked with the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to address bias in policing, according to the Beaverton Police Department. She also testified before a legislative committee last year in Salem on Beaverton's use of body-worn cameras.
She is the first woman to lead the Beaverton Police Department.
Doyle stated that Groshong's official appointment as chief "will allow important work to proceed" in Beaverton.
Groshong's appointment is likely to be one of Doyle's last as mayor.
Doyle running for a fourth term, which he says will be his last if he is re-elected this year. He is opposed on the November ballot by Councilor Lacey Beaty, who received the second-largest vote share in last month's primary election.
However, city voters approved a new charter last month that will shift much of the mayor's day-to-day authority to a city manager, who will be hired by and report to the Beaverton City Council. The city manager, rather than the mayor, will be responsible for appointing department heads like the chief of police.
That charter takes effect in 2021.
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