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Groth who has served as Sherwood's police chief for 14 years, will leave Dec. 31

PMG FILE PHOTO - After 14 years at the helm of the Sherwood Police Department, Chief Jeff Groth will soon call it a career.Jeff Groth, Sherwood's longtime police chief, has announced he will retire Dec. 31, after 14 years with the department.

"During his tenure in Sherwood, Chief Groth focused on establishing a positive agency culture, building strong relationships and support of the Sherwood community through relational policing, and establishing and maintaining a thriving agency that adheres to a community policing model," a Sherwood city spokesperson stated.

Groth was initially hired as a patrol officer for the Tualatin Police Department after completing his bachelor's degree at Western Oregon University in 1989. He served with that department for more than 18 years before being hired in Sherwood.

Groth was instrumental in the creation of the Sherwood Youth Substance Abuse Team, and he also provided the vision for the establishment of the Sherwood Police Foundation, an organization that raises money for the police department.

He also worked with former city manager Joe Gall in establishing the Sherwood Police Advisory Board, an organization that advises the department on delivery of police services and goals.

"In my 30-plus years of local government service, I have worked with many amazing law enforcement professionals and I consider Chief Groth at the top of that list," wrote Gall, who now works for Clean Water Services in Hillsboro, in a statement. "I thank him for his long and distinguished career and wish him the best in his retirement."

Mayor Keith Mays praised Groth for being a "tremendous" chief who has shown dedication and professionalism throughout his tenure.

"With his long list of accomplishments as police chief and his community-oriented approach to policing, he will continue to positively impact Sherwood and the police department long after his last day in office," Mays stated.


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