Former undersheriff claims role with 62% of votes, avoiding potential runoff election

PMG FILE PHOTO - Nicole Morrisey ODonnellMultnomah County's first-ever woman undersheriff and a 25-year law enforcement veteran was selected by voters to lead the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Nicole Morrisey O'Donnell received 95,929 votes, 61.99%, in the Tuesday, May 17 election. That amount cleared the 50% requirement, meaning she avoided a runoff vote in November by winning the seat outright.

Derrick Peterson received 51,519 votes, 33.29%, while Nicholas Alberts got 6,421 votes, 4.15%

In total 154,755 votes were tallied.

The three candidates, running in the first contested sheriff's election since 2010, are vying to replace Sheriff Mike Reese, who cannot run again because the position is term-limited. Reese was appointed in 2016 after former Sheriff Dan Staton resigned. Reese was elected in 2018 after running unopposed.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Derrick Peterson Morrisey O'Donnell was serving as second-in-command of the sheriff's office, appointed to the role last August. She first joined MCSO in 1996, when she was hired as a corrections deputy.

Peterson is captain of the sheriff's office's auxiliary services division, which oversees the transfer of supplies across the agency and storage of materials for adults in custody. He began working with the agency in 1986 as a corrections deputy.

Alberts has served as a corrections deputy at the sheriff's office since 2018. Before that, he worked as a security officer with the private security provider Portland Patrol Inc.

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