Mike Reese was sworn in as the Multnomah County Sheriff on August 17th and was elected Sheriff in the general election. Mike has spent 27 years in law enforcement. He retired as the Chief of the Portland Police Bureau in 2015. He began his career as a Deputy Sheriff with Multnomah County in 1989 where he served on the acclaimed Safety Action Team. Mike transferred to the Portland Police Bureau in 1994 as part of the annexations of East Portland.
Mike rose through the ranks of the Police Bureau serving as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and precinct commander. In 2010, he was appointed Chief of Police.
Under Mike’s leadership, the Portland Police Bureau increased minority hiring of police officers, created a new Behavioral Health Unit, reduced the use of force by officers, and improved community satisfaction with the police.
Mike is active in several civic organizations. He is on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland and the Transition Projects, and he is also a member of the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council Executive Committee. Mike recently served as the interim executive director for the Citizens Crime Commission and was a past member of the Irvington Community Association and the Board of First Christian Church.
Mike is excited to return to public service and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. He is committed to building trust in the Sheriff’s Office, improving County-wide public safety and health issues such as gang and gun violence, drug addiction, and homelessness, and reducing the number of mentally ill people incarcerated in our local jails.