Board revokes former Portland chief's police certification

UPDATE: O'Dea's certification will be revoked for 10 years. The city's current police chief initially voted against revoking his certification but changed her vote later in the session.

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 10:33 AM
Updated: Jul 27, 2018 2:13 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A state board, citing dishonesty, has voted to revoke the police certification of former Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea for 10 years.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Board of Public Safety Standards and Training took Thursday's action based on findings that O'Dea misled investigators about his handling of an off-duty shooting and failed to immediately act on an employee's complaint of a hostile work environment.

O'Dea retired two years amid controversy over his shooting of a friend during a camping trip in southeastern Oregon. O'Dea told a Harney County deputy on the day on the shooting that he thought the friend had shot himself.

O'Dea also waited several days before telling Portland officials about the shooting.

Current Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw initially voted against revoking O'Dea's certification but changed her vote later in the session. She participated in the meeting by phone, and told the newspaper afterward that the agenda item had been unclear.

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