Lovell is promoted in the midst of local, national and international protests over police violence against African Americans.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Charles Lovell has become the 50th chief in the history of the Portland Police Bureau.

Newly instated Portland Police Bureau Chief Charles Lovell addressed media and answered questions during a press conference on Thursday morning.

"We are open to change and transformation, but we want to make sure the change is meaningful and reflects what the community wants," he said during opening remarks.

Lovell is the 50th chief since 1870. He was appointed to the bureau in 2002, promoted to sergeant in 2011, promoted to lieutenant in 2017 and promoted to chief on Wednesday.

After just six months on the job, former Police Chief Jami Resch announced earlier this week that she was stepping down from the position and that she had recommended Lovell, an African American, to replace her, in the midst of nearly two straight weeks of protests over police violence and racism.

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