Capt. Mark Daniel named Mount Angel police chief
Sherwood Police Capt. Mark Daniel recently was named the new chief at the Mount Angel Police Department.
Daniel, 52, will assume duties in the city that is best known for its annual Oktoberfest and Mount Angel Abbey, after being sworn in on Dec. 4.
Following the announcement at the Nov. 21 Sherwood City Council meeting, Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth said Daniel has been a tremendous resource for the department during his more than eight years with the city.
"He brought a level of knowledge and expertise at the right time and he really helped solidify a lot of our processes and programs," said Groth. "He'll be hard to replace."
Daniel will oversee a department of five officers and a sergeant in a city with a population of 3,400 residents run by a seven-member city council. He replaces Chief Mike Healy, who is retiring.
Among the things Daniel pushed for during his tenure was an emphasis on community policing, something he believes has proved itself to be a success.
In addition to its residents, Daniel said he'll miss all the community festivals including the Robin Hood Festival, the Winter Festival and Tree Lighting, the Onion Festival and Cruisin' Sherwood, events that he regularly helped coordinate security and logistics for.
Daniel has also acted as something of an unofficial bodyguard during Carnie Wilson's visits to her Love Bites operation in Sherwood.
Prior to Sherwood, Daniel worked for the Salem Police Department and the Port of Portland Police, where he was in charge of K-9 units for both of those departments. He began the K-9 program in Sherwood.
In addition to serving as the police department's public information officer for the last two years, Daniel graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., in 2014.
Daniel began his law enforcement career in 1981, working as a cadet for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Department and holds an associate degree from Clackamas Community College. In addition, he has a master's degree in management and organizational leadership from Warner Pacific College and a bachelor's in business administration from Western Baptist.
"We'll definitely miss you but we sure wish you well and thank you hundreds of times for what you have done (in Sherwood)," said Lee Weislogel, interim mayor, during the council meeting.
Councilor Jennifer Kuiper concurred, saying, "It's going to be Mount Angel's gain and Sherwood's loss."
Linda Henderson, a former member of the Sherwood City Council who has worked closely with Daniel over the years, called him "a great confidant" over that period of time. While sad to see him leave, she said she's excited he has the opportunity to be chief.
"He has a very hands-on management style," she said.
Henderson noted that despite the fact that Mount Angel is down by an officer, she could easily see him going out on patrol to help cover the vacant shift until a replacement is found.
Henderson said Daniel once volunteered to fill in for an officer scheduled for duty on Christmas Eve.
"He took that shift so an officer with young children could be with his family," she said.
She called Daniel an overachiever, noting that Daniel is a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for the St. Paul Fire District. He's also Sherwood's core emergency management coordinator and went up to the Eagle Crest Fire to aid in putting together a management plan when fire devastated that area last summer.
"He's constantly challenging himself to be that well-rounded person," said Henderson.
A going-away gathering will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 29 in the community room at the Sherwood Police Department.
The Woodburn Independent, part of the Pamplin Media Group, provided additional background for this article.