Multnomah Sheriff selects first woman as second in command
For the first time in agency history, a woman will be serving as the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office's second-in-command.
Nicole Morrisey O'Donnell was appointed to the role of undersheriff in an announcement Wednesday afternoon, July 28, by Sheriff Mike Reese. O'Donnell joined the MCSO in 1996 and has served in various roles in corrections, law enforcement and senior leadership.
She will be officially promoted to the role Monday, Aug. 2.
O'Donnell is a familiar face in East Multnomah County. She most recently held the role of Chief Deputy of the Law Enforcement Division, which oversees public safety in unincorporated parts of the county and the cities of Fairview, Troutdale, Wood Village and Maywood Park.
"Undersheriff Morrisey O'Donnell is deeply dedicated to building community trust through transparent public safety engagement and honest, direct community service," Reese said. "She is a proven public safety professional, and I respect her strong, capable leadership."
As undersheriff, she will be second-in-command of the MCSO and will plan, organize, direct and manage activities and operations.
"This is a critically important moment for public safety to listen, learn and connect with the communities we serve," O'Donnell said. "I am excited for this new opportunity, to create a sheriff's office that offers the finest public safety services, supports the well being of its employees and ensures all members of our community are safe."
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