Police Chief Recruitment

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After a national search and a thorough, transparent, and inclusive hiring process, Vancouver’s City Manager has selected Jeffrey Mori as our community’s next Police Chief. 

Incoming Police Chief Jeffrey MoriMori has served as an Assistant Police Chief in Vancouver for the last three years. He brings 29 years of law enforcement experience to the role, including nine years as Undersheriff for Washington County, Oregon.

Mori will formally assume the role of chief at 5:00 p.m. on June 30. For more information, please see the city's press release and Police Chief Recruitment page.

Thank you to the community members who participated in the police chief survey, community Q&A sessions and candidate interviews! Your thoughtful questions and input played a vital role in the city’s hiring process.

Thank you to the community members who participated in the city’s three Police Chief Candidate Q&A Sessions. We greatly appreciate the thoughtful questions you submitted and the detailed feedback you provided.

Across the sessions, the five candidates were asked to address major themes from the recent police chief community survey and questions submitted by community members. Topics included:

  • Accountability and transparency
  • Reducing crime
  • Building and repairing community relationships
  • Recruiting and retaining a diverse police force
  • Navigating changes in state law
  • De-escalation and use of force
  • Homelessness and more

A recording of the May 4 Q&A session is available on CVTV.org.

Thank you to the 1071 Vancouver community members who completed the city's police chief survey. Your feedback provided important insights into community values and priorities, as we screened and interviewed candidates for this critical position.

The top three responses for each survey question are included below:

Which of the following values and characteristics are most important to you?

  1. Accountability
  2. Approachable and accessible
  3. Inclusive

Which of the following qualifications and experiences are most important to you?

  1. Experience in community-based crime reduction
  2. Experience building relationships in the community
  3. Effective leader, administrator and manager

Which of the following community engagement practices are most important to you?

  1. Listens and incorporates community concerns
  2. Builds trusting relationships in the community
  3. Promotes active community engagement at all levels of the Police Department

Which of the following leadership skills are most important to you?

  1. Holds officers and staff accountable to high professional standards
  2. Committed to transparency
  3. Supports officers' career development and training

Like many communities, policing in Vancouver is experiencing change. Concerns such as transparency, accountability, diversity and equity match those of effectiveness of policing. This, along with changes in local crime rates, state level reforms, and the national dialogue around policing, offers an opportunity to continue our support of effective, inclusive, and innovative police leadership as we welcome the city's next police chief.


After a national search and a thorough, transparent, and inclusive hiring process, Vancouver’s City Manager has selected Jeffrey Mori as our community’s next Police Chief. 

Incoming Police Chief Jeffrey MoriMori has served as an Assistant Police Chief in Vancouver for the last three years. He brings 29 years of law enforcement experience to the role, including nine years as Undersheriff for Washington County, Oregon.

Mori will formally assume the role of chief at 5:00 p.m. on June 30. For more information, please see the city's press release and Police Chief Recruitment page.

Thank you to the community members who participated in the police chief survey, community Q&A sessions and candidate interviews! Your thoughtful questions and input played a vital role in the city’s hiring process.

Thank you to the community members who participated in the city’s three Police Chief Candidate Q&A Sessions. We greatly appreciate the thoughtful questions you submitted and the detailed feedback you provided.

Across the sessions, the five candidates were asked to address major themes from the recent police chief community survey and questions submitted by community members. Topics included:

  • Accountability and transparency
  • Reducing crime
  • Building and repairing community relationships
  • Recruiting and retaining a diverse police force
  • Navigating changes in state law
  • De-escalation and use of force
  • Homelessness and more

A recording of the May 4 Q&A session is available on CVTV.org.

Thank you to the 1071 Vancouver community members who completed the city's police chief survey. Your feedback provided important insights into community values and priorities, as we screened and interviewed candidates for this critical position.

The top three responses for each survey question are included below:

Which of the following values and characteristics are most important to you?

  1. Accountability
  2. Approachable and accessible
  3. Inclusive

Which of the following qualifications and experiences are most important to you?

  1. Experience in community-based crime reduction
  2. Experience building relationships in the community
  3. Effective leader, administrator and manager

Which of the following community engagement practices are most important to you?

  1. Listens and incorporates community concerns
  2. Builds trusting relationships in the community
  3. Promotes active community engagement at all levels of the Police Department

Which of the following leadership skills are most important to you?

  1. Holds officers and staff accountable to high professional standards
  2. Committed to transparency
  3. Supports officers' career development and training

Like many communities, policing in Vancouver is experiencing change. Concerns such as transparency, accountability, diversity and equity match those of effectiveness of policing. This, along with changes in local crime rates, state level reforms, and the national dialogue around policing, offers an opportunity to continue our support of effective, inclusive, and innovative police leadership as we welcome the city's next police chief.


Page last updated: 18 May 2022, 04:31 PM