Portland civilian police oversight director heads to governor's office
Constantin Severe is leaving his job overseeing Portland police officers to work in Salem for Gov. Kate Brown.
Severe, a former defense lawyer who became director of the city's civilian Independent Police Review unit in 2013, will start working as a public safety advisor to Brown on April 8, according to a release issued by Brown's office on Wednesday.
Severe, who works for city Auditor Mary Hull Caballero, oversees a small staff of investigators to watchdog complaints of officer misconduct concerning the Portland Police Bureau.
Severe referred questions about his new job to Brown's office. The press release from Brown does not provide details of what his focus will be.
The IPR office put out its own release, saying he will step down as of April 5.
"I am grateful for Constantin's dedicated service,' the statement quoted Portland City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero as saying. "As Director, he was able to shepherd several major police accountability reforms through City Council and expand IPR's ability to conduct both complex investigations and systemic reviews. I plan to conduct a national search for the next IPR Director."
Severe, in his own prepared statement, said "It has been an enormous privilege to serve the City and Auditor as IPR Director. I am proud to have served with an amazing, dedicated staff that works hard for this community."
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