Sam Adams taps Saltzman for police commish post

Sam Adams taps Saltzman for police commish post

PORTLAND, Ore. – Just days after Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard passed on the post of Police Commissioner, mayor-elect Sam Adams held a news conference to announce a new choice had been made.

Long-serving commissioner Dan Saltzman stood at a press conference with Adams and Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer Monday morning to accept the position.

"I’m kind of a quiet, reserved person, but not afraid to make tough decisions," Saltzman said after the announcement.

Saltzman was tapped after fellow commissioner Randy Leonard decided against taking on the position.

Adams had made no secret of his preference for Leonard, and Leonard had also spent the summer researching the duties of the role.

But ultimately, a sour relationship with Chief Sizer and what Leonard characterized as the politicization of the post led him to pass on it.

Chief Sizer said she is looking forward to working with Saltzman and that she will also work with Randy Leonard on "issues of common interest."

Sam Adams, who is still serving as city commissioner, beat challenger Sho Dozono in a primary election to take over as Mayor after current mayor Tom Potter opted out of running for a second term.

Adams said crime in Portland was at a 20-year low, allowing him to hand off police commissioner duties to Salztman so he can focus on other issues facing Portland.