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Published on June 21, 2024
Jamey McDonald Elevates to Role of Tigard Police Chief, Emphasizes Transparency and Community SafetySource: City of Tigard

Tigard's own Jamey McDonald, a steadfast presence in the city's law enforcement since 2001, has been officially named as the Tigard Police Chief. Starting his career as a patrol officer, McDonald's steady climb through the ranks has culminated in his most recent post, previously held on an interim basis with the retirement of former Chief Kathy McAlpine at the beginning of 2024.

According to a recent announcement made by the City Manager Steve Rymer, Chief McDonald is set to permanently lead the department with a clear vision for the community's safety. Rymer was impressed by McDonald's leadership qualities and to decisively commit to, "prioritize transparency, engagement and professionalism at all levels within our department," as McDonald stated on the City of Tigard's official website.

McDonald's history within the Tigard Police Department is replete with a diversity of roles that have equipped him with a broad experience base. Beyond patrolling duties, he served as a School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, and firearms instructor, and worked his way up through roles such as Commercial Crimes Unit Detective Sergeant, sergeant, lieutenant, and commander. This breath of experience is likely to be influential in shaping his tenure as Police Chief.

Rymer's expectation of McDonald, expressed on the city's website, is for the new chief to "embrace his responsibilities with positivity, transparency, and a willingness to listen." McDonald's educational and professional background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Regional Planning from Eastern Oregon University, an Executive Certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, and an alumni status from the FBI National Academy. His ties with law enforcement extend to his position as a past president of the Oregon chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates and involvement in both the Oregon and International Associations of Chiefs of Police.

Apart from his professional achievements, McDonald is also recognized as being deeply rooted in Oregon, cherishing time with his grandkids, playing competitive soccer, and enjoying the great outdoors. The details of his official swearing-in ceremony will be shared in the coming weeks, affirming his new role and commitment to the Tigard community. Chief McDonald's full message and the City Manager's comments are available on Tigard's official announcement page.