Lovell: Hunzeker’s actions will be revealed ‘in due time’

Multnomah County

PPB chief held press conference on March 24

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — PPB Chief Chuck Lovell said he expects more information about the resignation of PPA President Brian Hunzeker to be released soon.

“There will come a time in the very near future where we will learn exactly what actions PPA President Hunzeker took leading up to his resignation. We’ll know that in due time, it has to be part of the process,” Lovell said.

Hunzeker resigned after admitting some connection to the leak of false allegations surrounding Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.

When asked if it troubles him that there are personnel issues within the bureau, Lovell said it does.

“It’s really about the overall…kind of approach from top down making sure we have the appropriate expectations and systems in place to keep things like this from happening in the future,” he said.

Lovell also made comments about the spike in shootings and the new Enhanced Community Safety Team.

“We have had some conversations about what it would look like to have a uniformed patrol piece back, but I think the real question is how will it be different than GVRT, I think we wanna come back to this work in a way that is different. More transparent, better informed, more oversight,” he said.

KOIN 6 learned on Wednesday that there have already been 21 homicides in Portland in 2021. 16 were from gun violence.

There were 54 homicides in all of 2020, which was the highest number since the 90s.

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