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The city has hired an Oregon City operations captain to temporarily lead the Scappoose Police Department.

COURTESY PHOTO - Shaun DavisA new interim police chief for Scappoose started Monday, Aug. 30, the city announced.

Shaun Davis will replace Norm Miller, who served as police chief for roughly seven years.

Davis comes from the Oregon City Police Department, where he was most recently the operations captain. Davis has been with Oregon City police for his entire 23-year career in law enforcement.

He started in 1998 as a reserve officer and was hired as an officer later that same year.

City officials "worked closely with the Oregon Association of Chiefs Linebacker Interim Leadership Assistance Program to find the individual best suited to evaluate the police department and help navigate through this transitional period," the city stated in a press release.

Davis joins the department in a time of turmoil, after the Scappoose Police Officers Guild issued a vote of no confidence. Internal conflicts have led to high turnover, with at least five sworn officers leaving the department in 2020.

Davis has served as a patrol officer, detective, K-9 handler, reserve coordinator, patrol sergeant, and public information officer at various points in his time in Oregon City, the Scappoose press release stated.

As operations captain, Davis supervised patrol operations and special assignment positions like school resource officers, K-9, bike patrol and others.

Davis holds executive-level police certification, the highest certification available from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

Scappoose City Manager Alexandra Rains said that ideally, she hopes to have a permanent police chief in place by the end of the year.


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