City & Government

Former Portland Police chief joins local ranks

SPRINGFIELD — Last week, the Springfield Police Department bolstered its ranks, swearing in three new members and promoting a fourth. 

“This is a unique, special group we have here in front of us today,” said Andrew Shearer, SPD chief. “They collectively bring over 50 years of policing and leadership experience that’s going to strengthen this already excellent team here at SPD.”

Officers Amy Nelson and Dylan Korth were sworn in as the newest officers of the SPD, with Korth coming to Springfield from Eureka County in Nevada. Nelson was previously a community resource officer with SPD before being promoted. 

Officer Kyle Potter was also promoted during the ceremony as sergeant.

The last member to be sworn in was Deputy Chief of Police Jami Resch, who previously served in the Portland Police Bureau and brings more than 20-years of law enforcement experience to the role.

“I know that Springfield has gone through a lot of change over the last decade or so, only for the better,” Resch said. “Downtown’s looking wonderful, the police department’s getting bigger and stronger. My hope is just to get here, and to know everybody. See what everybody’s looking for, what their goals are, and see how I can just assist in that.”

Resch served as the PPB chief for six months but announced in June 2020 that she was stepping down from the position and that Chuck Lovell would immediately take over as chief. 

At the time, Lovell said he was surprised by Resch’s request. 

Her resignation occurred amid the first weeks of civil unrest in Portland as thousands were protesting racial injustice following the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died of a lack of oxygen after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the pavement and held a knee on his neck for several minutes. 

She began working for PPB in 1999 and in her decades there she served as a patrol officer, Neighborhood Response Team officer, Tactical Operations Division crime analyst, and sergeant of the Gun Task Force. 

According to the Springfield Police Department, Resch also held the responsibility for the Portland Police Honor Guard and served as a critical incident commander during her time at PPB. She was appointed as PPB’s deputy chief in 2019, according to SPD, and was sworn in as Portland’s chief of police in December 2019. 

In its hiring announcement, SPD said Resch was an active member in PPB’s Muslim Council, Slavic Advisory Council and Refugee Integration Program. She also volunteered with Camp Rosenbaum, Shop with a Cop and served as a mentor with the Zman Scholarship Foundation. 

SPD said she graduated from the FBI National Executive Institute and the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police. 

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