Interim Police Chief, 30-year department veteran named Beaverton Police Chief
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle named 30-year Beaverton Police Department veteran Jim Monger as the city's chief of police Thursday.
Monger has served as the city's interim chief of police since July 2016.
Monger is the first Beaverton police chief in many decades to have been promoted from within the department.
"Jim has done an outstanding job serving as interim chief and I am really happy to announce his appointment today," Doyle said. "Jim and I enjoy an excellent working relationship. We've had a chance to work closely on the public safety center project for years and I value our open communication."
Monger, a United States Marine Corps veteran, previously served in many leadership roles within the department, including as a captain from 2013 to 2016. One of Monger's key responsibilities over the past two years has been serving as the project manager for the city's public safety center effort which was approved by voters in November 2016.
"On behalf of the Beaverton Police Department, I want to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the community for their support for the department," Monger said. "It is a privilege to serve this community and I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the department I've called home for more than 30 years."
"As a 30-year veteran, he knows our city inside and out. I greatly appreciate Jim's experience," Doyle added. "Jim's history in the department working his way up our chain of command is incredibly valuable. We also share the priority of continuing to maintain an open, transparent and thriving working relationship with the Beaverton Police Association."
"We welcome Chief Monger's appointment, and look forward to continuing to work closely with him," Beaverton Police Association president Keith Welch said.
Doyle added that Monger has a 94-percent approval rating among the citizens of Beaverton.
"The citizens are the people paying the bills," Doyle said. "There was positive feedback about Jim's abilities and solid leadership."
Doyle said Beaverton's goal as a welcoming city is accentuated by this police force. "The police force is there for everyone and people should not be afraid, because it is not an entity they need to fear." A swearing in for the new chief will take place in the near future.