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Monger named interim chief of police

Captain worked his way up chain of command in three decades with Beaverton Police

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF BEAVERTON - Eric Monger was named interim police chief in Beaverton on Thursday, the city announced.A veteran police officer will take over as interim chief of the Beaverton Police Department.

Mayor Denny Doyle on Thursday announced the appointment of Capt. Jim Monger to take over the leadership of the department following the retirement of Chief Geoff Spalding.

Monger’s duties begin July 16, following the end of Spalding’s seven-year tenure.

Monger has been working for the Beaverton Police Department for the past three decades.

“I appreciate the fact that Capt. Monger has had exposure to the entire department during his long tenure, from the ground up,” Doyle said in a news release. “From nearly 13 years as a patrol officer, eight years as a sergeant, five years as a lieutenant, and three years as captain, he has had a look at all aspects of our community policing approach.”

Monger, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, recently has led the city’s effort to plan for a new public safety building, which will go to voters as a capital bond this November.

“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,” Monger said.

“We welcome Captain Monger as the interim police chief, and look forward to working with him going forward,” said Beaverton Police Association president Keith Welch.