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News of Portland in brief.

CITY

Sizer sworn in as chief

Rosie Sizer was officially sworn in as Portland police chief in a ceremony at City Hall on Thursday.

Mayor Tom Potter said he chose Sizer because she was the right person to lead the bureau at the time. 'As someone with deep roots in this community and a strong commitment to serve, she is proving to be exactly what this city needed in terms of leadership in law enforcement,' Potter said.

Sizer has been with the Portland Police Bureau since 1985, most recently as commander of Southeast Precinct. She was appointed acting chief in April when then-chief Derrick Foxworth was put on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct. When the investigation was complete, Potter demoted Foxworth to captain. Sizer then promoted Foxworth to fill her former job as Southeast Precinct commander.

COUNTY

OEM fate may be topic

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hear a report on the latest news from the county's Office of Emergency Management, which was the subject of a scathing consultant's report first publicized June 30 by the Portland Tribune.

The subject of the July 27 hearing is a hazard mitigation plan prepared by the county emergency-management office and pre-approved by the federal government. Given the furor over the previously unreleased consultant's report, the status of the office is sure to be discussed, however.

The report found that the county office was understaffed and ill-prepared and had failed to complete several plans, including the hazard mitigation plan that will be discussed at the July 27 hearing. Ken Murphy, director of Oregon Emergency Management, is expected to address the board.

SCHOOLS

School tax meetings set

The Portland school district has scheduled two town hall meetings next week to discuss placing a possible five-year, $33 million-a-year property-tax levy on the November election ballot.

According to district spokeswoman Brenda Gustafson, the money is necessary to prevent future teacher layoffs and, possibly, to restore a few programs that have been cut in recent years.

The first meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, in the cafeteria of Benson High School, 546 N.E. 12th Ave. The second meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, in the cafeteria of Wilson High School, 1151 S.W. Vermont St.

HEALTH

Firm inks hospital deal

A Pennsylvania-based health care company is under contract to buy Physicians' Hospital in Portland's Gateway District. Vibra Healthcare LLC plans to buy the shuttered complex, at 10300 N.E. Hancock St., for $13 million and spend about $4 million to transform it into the first long-term acute-care hospital in the state. The company has been expressing interest in buying the property since May. The deal is expected to close by Aug. 1.

The former Woodland Park Hospital opened as the doctor-owned Physicians' Hospital in 2004. It went out of business in May after failing to meet state care standards. Before it reopens, the new facility must be relicensed and demonstrate to regulators that it serves a long-term acute population, a process that takes at least six months.