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Milwaukie appoints Steve Bartol as police chief

Milwaukie City Manager Bill Monahan has appointed Captain Steve Bartol to be the city’s chief of police.

by: MPD - BartolBartol has served Milwaukie in various capacities since June, 1991. For the past three months he has served as interim chief following the retirement of Bob Jordan.

Since 2008 as captain, Bartol oversaw the operations division, except for a 15-month stint when he was assigned as the unit commander for the Metro Gang Task Force, a federal-level task force created to address gang issues on a regional basis. Prior to that, Bartol served Milwaukie as a sergeant for 10 years, a detective for four years and an officer before that.

In appointing Bartol, Monahan noted that he was “extremely impressed with Steve’s career achievements, knowledge, professionalism, and commitment to the city of Milwaukie.” Bartol is a 2007 graduate of the prestigious Southern Police Institute Administrative Officer program conducted by the University of Louisville and holds leadership and executive certificates from Portland State University and DPSST, Oregon’s police training program. In addition, he completed the FBI National Academy in September, 2013.

Monahan recognized Bartol’s willingness to take on the pressing issues that the City faces.

“During the time that Steve has served as interim chief, I have found that Steve is extremely hard working and knowledgeable about the overall community’s needs and the challenges facing law enforcement as well as the city,” Monahan said. “He is a valued member of the city’s executive leadership team. He has demonstrated that he is willing to take on any challenge by researching and analyzing issues before bringing me well developed recommendations. I am confident that our excellent Police Department is in extremely capable hands for the future.”

With the appointment of Bartol, Milwaukie will now recruit to fill the captain position he vacates. Other recruitments have been underway within the department since early fall to fill openings at the officer level.

Bartol will be sworn in by Mayor Jeremy Ferguson at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in City Hall’s Council Chambers, 10722 S.E. Main St.