Newly confirmed Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck announced Monday he’s permanently promoting Vernon Malloch, formerly a commander with the department, to the position of assistant chief. Malloch had been serving in that capacity on an interim nature for six months, moved up after the departure of previous Police Chief James Craig.
The move continues what’s obviously a strong working relationship between the two police leaders. Despite challenging Sauschuck for the department’s top job during the nearly six-month-long chief search, Malloch gave the City Council an enthusiastic endorsement of City Manager Mark Rees’ final decision to pick Sauschuck.
Here’s what Sauschuck had to say about Malloch in a statement released Monday:
Vern’s wealth of knowledge and policing expertise make him uniquely qualified for the position of assistant chief. I have known and worked with Vern for more than a decade and I would be hard pressed to name anyone who understands or cares more about this city and its people. His natural leadership skills made him the right choice for assistant chief and I am looking forward to working with him as my second in command.
And some more background on Malloch as provided by City Hall:
Malloch first joined the Portland Police Department as a patrol officer in 1984 and has held a number of leadership positions within the department over the past twenty-seven years. Promoted to Sergeant in 1992 and Lieutenant in 1999, Malloch led a variety of operations including the Tactical Enforcement Unit, Commander of the Jetport Unit following September 11th, and Commander of the Special Services Unit where he worked closely with neighborhood organizations, Portland Public Schools and community and business leaders. As CID Lieutenant, he created cold case homicide teams, who were responsible for solving the homicides of William Greenwood and Mary Kelly.
In 2007, Malloch was promoted to Captain during which he led the department’s Patrol Services Division. Three years later, Malloch was promoted again to Commander during which he oversaw all patrol operations which included managing the operations for Presidential visits, and public safety planning for the city’s 4th of July celebration. He also facilitated the uniformed operations group response to Compstat, resulting in significant reductions in crime for two consecutive years. Malloch has been serving as Acting Assistant Chief for the past six months.