Ferraris advances in OACP leadership role
On April 11 Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris was named as the 1st vice president of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP), a law-enforcement leadership institution that serves municipal police forces statewide.
Ferraris joins other board members: OACP President Kris Allison, Central Point Police chief; 2nd Vice President Matt Workman, Warrenton Police chief; Secretary Treasurer Chris Skinner, Eugene Police chief; Past President Jeff Groth, Sherwood Police chief; Vice President at Large, Silverton Police Chief Jeff Fossholm.
Ferraris is a lifetime member of OACP, which he joined in 1999. Several years ago he accepted the nomination as the group's secretary treasurer and was voted in by the membership.
He subsequently served as the OACP 2nd vice president, and in 2020 he will serve as the president. At that time he will join former chiefs Scott Russell and Ken Wright as Woodburn chiefs who have served as OACP presidents.
"It is a successional board," said Allison, the OACP president. "That gives individuals the experience so they are not immediately thrown into president's position with all the responsibilities that come with it."
Allison added that Ferraris is "well respected and a key player in our organization…I'm really happy and blessed to have him as a 1st vice president."
Allison said Ferraris has worked closely with OACP Executive Director Kevin Campbell, and some of their most substantial and pivotal efforts have come in the realm of mental health.
"He's the co-chair of the mental health task force and work group," Allison said. "It's an ongoing work group asking the question for the law-enforcement: base what are the trends for mental health, and what are law-enforcement response (options) for getting people help for their mental health issues.
"Not only is that a national trend, but it's a pivotal topic in the state of Oregon," Allison added.
"It's a great organization and absolutely well worth the time," Ferraris said of the OACP. "It helps promote the professionalism of policing in Oregon."
In addition to his work on the mental health task force, Ferraris' duties within the group include lobbying and testifying at the state legislature on police-related issues and teaching courses on how to lead an agency as a police chief.