Bob Jordan publicly announced on Tuesday that he will retire as Milwaukie police chief on Nov. 29 after more than five years of highly visible service to the city.

by: FILE PHOTO - Bob JordanUnder Jordan’s leadership, the Oregon Accreditation Alliance in May recognized gave its highest standard of professionalism to the Milwaukie Police Department. To receive the accreditation, the department met 105 standards established to promote best practices among police agencies by having the proper policies, procedures, forms and equipment.

“With 40 years in the business, it is time to say goodbye, and thanks,” Jordan wrote in a press release from the city.

Jordan started out as a police officer in his hometown of River Vale, N.J., in November of 1973. After graduating from law school, he served as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia until January 1980. Then he became an FBI agent in the Boston field office, where he ran one of the largest police-corruption cases in the agency’s history. Over the next several decades, Jordan received a series of promotions to high-level FBI positions where he fought against corruption and white-collar crime, and fought for the protection of citizens’ civil rights.

“We can only thank Chief Jordan for his years of dedicated service to Milwaukie,” Mayor Jeremy Ferguson said. “The level of commitment and professionalism he’s brought to the position leaves our department in a strong position to serve our community.”

City Councilor Dave Hedges, who is retired after a 38-year career in law enforcement, understood why Jordan would want to retire after 40 years, especially when the past couple of years involved public disagreements about Police Department funding.

“The chief was open, honest and full of integrity, and we’ve lost a really good police officer,” Hedges said. “He didn’t tow the party line, and he’s paid the price for doing that.”

Jordan developed the police department’s relationship with the community by regularly attending monthly Neighborhood District Association meetings, supporting the active Public Safety Advisory Board and creating a bike-giveaway program for Milwaukie’s school children. He also brought the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run to Milwaukie Riverfront Park the past two years, has been a Lunch Buddy at local schools the past three years, and has even been known to sit in dunk tanks in school yards to help raise money for Milwaukie schools.

“We seem to have money to fund admin assistants and consultants in this city, but we can’t fully fund the police department?” Hedges asked. “Bob stood up for his department on the budget, and I don’t think the city manager appreciated that.”

City Manager Bill Monahan, however, was full of praise for Jordan in the press release.

“Bob has worked very hard to develop the excellent relationship that the department has with the community,” Monahan said. “He is probably the most accessible and visible police chief that I have known. In the five-plus years that he has served the city, he has guided the department through many challenging issues. We will now begin the process to identify the leadership of the department for the coming years.”

For Jordan’s replacement, Hedges told the Clackamas Review that he would recommend Steve Bartol or Dave Rash, both currently police captains under Jordan.

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