Wheeler chose Outlaw to replace Chief Mike Marshman, who held the position since June 2016.
She will become the first black woman to serve as police chief in Portland history when she resumes office no later than Oct. 2.
Wheeler said, “I have concrete goals for the Portland Police Bureau, all of them challenging to achieve. I need a partner. I need a leader. More than that, I need someone with a passion for this work who will be in it for the long haul. Danielle Outlaw is that person.”
— KGW News (@KGWNews) August 7, 2017
She is a 19-year-veteran of the Oakland Police Department and stood out the most amongst 33 candidates.
Outlaw recently spoke out and said, “My life’s passion is policing. I want to make a positive difference in the lives of my fellow officers and the residents of the community. Portland is an amazing city. I am humbled by the tremendous opportunity in front of me, and am ready to get to work.”
The Portland police department is experiencing multiple issues and Outlaw is hoping to get the job done. We wish her the best of luck in her new job.