Hales says he won't continue to fight Frashour reinstatement

Hales says he won't continue to fight Frashour reinstatement »Play Video
Mayor-elect Charlie Hales during an interview with KATU News Wednesday morning. (KATU image)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Following his landslide victory Tuesday night, KATU News talked with mayor-elect Charlie Hales Wednesday morning about a controversy involving the Portland Police Bureau.

In October, an arbitrator ordered the City of Portland to reinstate Officer Ron Frashour, who was fired over his involvement in the 2010 fatal shooting of an unarmed man, Aaron Campbell.

City officials, including current mayor Sam Adams, vowed to appeal the re-reinstatement order and passed a resolution allowing the city attorney to take the case to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

When asked by KATU News if he would continue the fight and spend money on a court battle to block Frashour's return to the police force, Hales said "I don't think so."

"I think we're going to focus more on the front end and. It's one of my top issues to really have the police bureau's culture reflect our values and that is a city that believes in peacekeeping and de-escalation and partnership between the police and community," he said.

"So that means we'll change some things about who we hire, how we train them and what the rules of force are," he added. "It's better to focus on those front-end issues rather than fight into the courts this arbitration decision that is, after all, a reflection of the existing contract. We need to renegotiate that contract rather than fight a rear-guard action on language that probably doesn't work for our community."

On the large number of write-in votes in the mayor's race, Hales said "my job now is, regardless of who you voted for, I want to be your mayor, and I want to be mayor of the whole city, and that means working on those priorities that we as a community share: good basic services coming from city government, of having me as your mayor being an advocate for schools across the city, working to build the economy here, working in lots of partnerships because that's really how you get things done in local government."

He also said he took note of issues raised by Eileen Brady and his opponent Jefferson Smith, especially in regards to east Portland.

Hales said he hopes to take "the spirit of what those candidates brought to the race and take it forward into an agenda that hopefully includes a lot of their ideas as well."

Hales garnered 67 percent of the vote for mayor to Jefferson Smith's 33 percent. There were over 14,000 write-in votes.