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Community gathering praises outgoing Portland police chief for his leadership, looks forward to working with his replacement in the near future

Participants at the biweekly Community Peace Collaborative public forum thanked former Police Chief Mike Marshman for his leadership and looked forward to working with his replacement, Deputy Oakland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw.

Although Marshman and Outlaw were not at the Friday meeting, many of those there worked with Marshman over the years and a few had met Outlaw.

"We appreciate everything Chief Marshman did to set the bureau on a positive trajectory," said Robert King, commander of North Precinct, where the meeting was held. "I am 100 percent behind helping Chief Outlaw succeed, and I'm sure she will."

King, a former president of the Portland Police Association that represents rank and file bureau employees, said he was impressed with Outlaw when he met her Thursday. That was when Mayor Ted Wheeler introduced her as his new chief at a press conference.

"She brings a lot of experience with her. She's from Oakland and, if it's happened out there, it's happened in Oakland," said King, noting he has served under 13 different chiefs during his 28 years at the bureau.

Former Portland Deputy Chief Kevin Modica agreed, explaining he knows Outlaw through the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

"We have a fine chief coming here. She's going to be very successful," said Modica, who retired from the bureau in July during a personnel investigation for allegedly failing to report a harrassment complaint against another bureau employee. Since leaving the bureau, he has started KLM Associates, a public safety policy consulting firm.

Other participants said they look forward to meeting Outlaw at a future forum. The CPC is an informal gathering of law enforcement officials, social service workers, church leaders and community members dedicated to reducing youth violence. It is staffed by the city's Office of Youth Violence Prevention.

Wheeler selected her to be his next chief after a national search that he promised to conduct during his successful 2016 campaign for mayor. Marshman, who was one of four finalists for the job, announced his resignation when Outlaw was chosen. Outlaw is scheduled to take office in coming weeks after a final background check.

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