Woodburn's deputy police chief of nearly five years proved to be top candidate for the job.

COURTESY PHOTO: TOMMY MOORE - Woodburn Municipal Judge Fred Weinhouse swears in Woodburn Police Chief Marty Pilcher during the Monday, Oct. 11 Woodburn City Council meeting.Woodburn Police Chief Marty Pilcher was ceremonially sworn into the job at the Monday, Oct. 11, Woodburn City Council meeting.

Pilcher was hired as the deputy chief almost five years ago and has been serving as the WPD chief since the retirement of Jim Ferraris last March.

Ferraris lauded the city of Woodburn's promotion of Pilcher on the social media site Linkedin.COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF WOODBURN - Woodburn Police Acting Chief Marty Pilcher., Woodburn Independent - News The city of Woodburn is initiating a meticulous process to find a replacement for recently retired Police Chief Jim Ferraris In search of a chief

"Congrats to new Woodburn Police Chief Marty Pilcher on his investiture tonight," Ferraris wrote. "It is especially gratifying to see Marty in this role since I hired him 4.5 years ago and he served as WPD's Deputy Police Chief until my retirement earlier this year. Woodburn Municipal Judge Fred Weinhouse administered the oath of office and Marty's son pinned on his new Chief badge."

Woodburn City Administrator Scott Derickson said the city advertised nationally to fill the position, interviewed multiple candidates and included dozens of local leaders and residents in the screening and input process.

"I want to thank everybody in the community who participated in that," Derickson said. "It was very meaningful, and I think that it was so good that we will have more conversations in the future about policing in Woodburn and reaching out to our list of community leaders and residents."

Through the process, all signs ultimately pointed back to Woodburn.

"I'm happy to say that at the end of this process, Marty Pilcher was an easy choice who meets all criteria," Derickson said. "Marty has been our acting police chief since March, and he has time and again proven that he can meet the expectations of our leadership in the city and also the needs of our community. I couldn't be happier than to have somebody of Marty's caliber assuming the role of police chief in the city of Woodburn."COURTESY PHOTO: TOMMY MOORE - Woodburn Police Chief Marty Pilcher receives his chief badge shortly after being sworn in on Oct. 11.

Pilcher pointed out that he is a person of few words, but expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve Woodburn in the police leadership role.

"It's a privilege to be a police officer; a privilege I have had for 32 years," Pilcher said. "It has been a privilege and honor to work at the Woodburn Police Department for nearly five years now, and it is a distinct honor to be the chief of police."

Pastor Luis Molina, who serves as the WPD pastor, spoke during the ceremony, which was limited due to social distancing safety protocol.

"On behalf of the community of Woodburn, on behalf of the Woodburn Police Department, we want to let you know, chief, that you have our full support, and that we have your back; that you don't have to stand alone in this community," Molina said.

Derickson said the search and hiring process was complicated by the pandemic climate.

"As city administrator, one of the most important decisions I have to make is the hiring and recommendation of a police chief," Derickson said. "It was particularly challenging during the time of COVID, given the restrictions on traveling, community gatherings and the type of broad-participation types of events that we've exercised in the past."

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