Lead deputy's retirement part of shifts at Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Commander Monte Reiser will be promoted to chief deputy in February, replacing Jason Gates, who is retiring.

Gates, who serves as Wood Village's unofficial chief of police, started at MCSO in 1992 and was promoted to chief deputy in 2011. He said he plans to spend his retirement camping, hunting and fishing.

While Reiser is taking the chief deputy position, a replacement for Wood Village's primary law enforcement officer has not yet been announced. The title of chief is an unofficial designation by MCSO, as Wood Village doesn't run its own police department.

Reiser is currently the commander of the patrol unit responsible for coordinating police response to more than 290 square miles of unincorporated Multnomah County, and to the four sheriff-contracted communities of Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village and Maywood Park.

Reiser has worked as a deputy, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and commander since 1993.

The transition is of one of several upcoming personnel changes occurring in the sheriff's office for 2019.

Travis Gullberg will take Reiser's place as commander of the patrol unit. Gullberg currently serves as the captain of the professional standards unit.

Together in their new roles, Reiser and Gullberg will be responsible for implementing MCSO's vision for neighborhood team policing and strategic law enforcement services, according to a press release from MCSO.

In February, Stephanie Prybyl, MCSO chief of staff, will resign from the sheriff's department to work for Oregon's Water Resources Department. Katie Burgard, who serves as MSCO's facility services section director, will replace her as the sheriff's department chief of staff.

"With this team, I have every confidence that MCSO is ready and able to succeed in 2019 and beyond," said Sheriff Michael Reese.

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