City Selects Jim Ferraris as its Next Chief of Police

The City of Woodburn is excited to announce it has chosen Jim Ferraris as its next Chief of Police after a long and extensive process.

Jim has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, including nearly 28 years with the Portland Police Bureau. For the past four and a half years he has served as the Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Salem.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be coming to Woodburn,” Ferraris said. “I am excited beyond description. I put my heart and soul into this recruitment process, and I know I am coming to a great community and police department.”

Ferraris beat out a highly competitive field to land the job.

“Jim really showed himself to be a top candidate from the beginning,” City Administrator Scott Derickson said. “Not only is his experience impressive but he also showed an ability to connect with people. Jim has big shoes to fill, but we’re confident he is ready to pick up the baton and move forward with the department and immerse himself in this community.

“I am looking forward to the community getting to know him as well,” Derickson added.

Ferraris said his goal was to become a chief, but he wasn’t going to take any job.

“I felt it was important that just like Woodburn was going to evaluate me, I needed to evaluate Woodburn to make sure it was going to be a good fit for the both of us,” he said. “I found that Woodburn is a great community that is very supportive of the police department. That is extremely important to me. With this community the police department can really continue moving forward on a variety of fronts. I also found the City administrator and department heads engaging and team-oriented.  Everyone rolls up their sleeves and pitches in, including the City Council, and I’m excited to be a part of that team.”

Another aspect that made the job appealing was the fact he would be following Scott Russell.

“Chief Russell has built up a great department through years of hard work and I hope to build on that and take the department to the next level,” Ferraris said.

With his significant experience, Ferraris brings solid leadership, professionalism and a wealth of community engagement know-how.

“Community engagement is an absolute necessity for success in any police department,” Ferraris said. “As a department, we need to engage folks at the community level. Whether it be a neighborhood group or the business community, we all want Woodburn to be a great place to live and work. I plan to work closely with the many of the diverse groups that call Woodburn home. Building those sustainable relationships is important not only for the department, but for me personally.”

Mayor Kathy Figley was happy the process brought so many qualified candidates as well as an engaged group of community members.

“The thing that stood out to me was the quality of individuals who wanted to come and work in Woodburn,” she said. “I was impressed with the field of candidates, and that we got someone of such great character and experience in Jim. Just as exciting to me was the entire process that brought so many residents from Woodburn and beyond to help with this selection. It showed us that not only did we as a City make the right decision, but so did the community.”

Pastor Luis Molina, who was on one of the interview panels, and was equally impressed with Ferraris.

“Jim has many years of experience working in large communities like Beaverton, Portland and Salem — three cities with their own identity and unique diversity — and I believe Jim has the character and vision to not only work well with the police department, but also with the whole community,” he said. “Being part of the process of hiring a new Chief gave me a clear understanding of the seriousness, commitment and effort the city of Woodburn put into it.”

He added that the community has a responsibility, too.

“My commitment is to support, pray for and believe in our new Chief,” Pastor Molina said. “I really think we made the right choice and I call on the community of Woodburn to reach out to our new Chief. As we support each other, we will continue to make a better future for us and future generations.”

Chief Ferraris will be sworn in during the Dec. 14 meeting of the Woodburn City Council. His first day of work will be Dec. 15.

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