Former chief Ron Louie steps in during transition

After only 30 months as Hillsboro's top cop, Police Chief Carey Sullivan has resigned effective Saturday, March 9.

Hillsboro City Manager Michael Brown accepted Sullivan's resignation Friday.

“I have reached the difficult decision to resign from my position with the city … in order to pursue other interests,” Sullivan wrote in a March 2 resignation letter addressed to Brown. “My time at Hillsboro has been exciting and full of challenges, beginning with the controversy that surrounded the recruitment process when I was hired, and of course others.

"HPD staff rose up to meet these challenges and I know they are prepared to face the challenges that lie ahead.”

Brown said Sullivan’s resignation was not a surprise.

“I thought for a little while this might be coming,” Brown said late Monday afternoon. “We had a confidential discussion and ultimately he made the decision to resign. He’s going to be missed. It was his personal decision. It was his call, and I respect it.”

Brown said Sullivan met with his staff to share the news of his resignation early Monday morning.

Former Hillsboro Police Chief Ron Louie has been named to lead the police department on an interim basis as the department launches a search for a new chief.

Louie, who served as Hillsboro’s police chief from 1992 until 2007, started in his new role Monday.

“Chief Louie already has the respect of the staff. He has a lot of experience, and I was pleased he was able to step in on a quick time frame,” Brown said. “I gave him a call and he was excited to step up in an interim role. Louie met with the staff, and everyone is handling it positively and professionally. He has a lot of credibility.”

In a press release from the city, Brown said Sullivan, who was hired in 2010, "strove for professionalism and led with integrity" during his time at the helm of the Hillsboro Police Department. "We wish him well in his future endeavors," Brown added.

During his tenure, Sullivan established a Gang Violence Reduction Initiative, created a Professional Standards Unit and implemented a Crisis Intervention Team.

No reason was given for Sullivan's departure. He will be out of the office on vacation leave this week, according to city officials.

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