By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Portland has a crime problem of historic proportions. OPB reports that the director of the Community Safety Division does his $208,263 public safety job mostly from a gated resort community in Las Vegas. He is even registered to vote in Las Vegas.
This is a nice job while Portland suffered the highest homicide rate increase in the nation in 2020 and witnessed 99% of their 50+ Rapid Response Team police officers resign in a single day and be disbanded. Even as this news was made public today, other news on the same day in Portland shows Portland Police in a staffing crisis.
We don’t fault him for taking what is likely Oregon’s best government job — we do fault Portland politicians for not taking the crime crisis seriously and taking charge in a way that will reduce crime. This is similar to 2021 when Portland City Council took much of the summer off while the City suffered a crime wave, a pandemic and economic down spiral.
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