Chuck Lovell

Charles "Chuck" Lovell is the chief of police of the Portland Police Bureau, in Portland, Oregon. He was named chief on June 8, 2020, amid protests over the murder of George Floyd and police brutality. Lovell is the fourth black head of the Portland Police and the 50th police chief in PPB's history.[2][3][4]

Chuck Lovell
50th Chief of the Portland Police Bureau
Assumed office
June 8, 2020
MayorTed Wheeler
Preceded byJami Resch
Personal details
Born1973 or 1974 (age 47–48)[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Lovell was born in Brooklyn, New York. He joined the United States Air Force at age 19 and served four years on active duty and two in the reserves. He received his Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree from Park University.[2][5][6][1] He is pursuing a master's degree in strategic leadership from the University of Charleston.


Lovell has been on the Portland police force since 2002. He was most recently head of the Community Services Division.[3][7]

He was a lieutenant when Chief Jami Resch resigned and asked him to replace her in June 2020, following criticism over the department's response to protests following the murder of George Floyd.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Lovell lives outside Portland, in Washington County.[6]


  1. ^ a b Bernstein, Maxine (June 8, 2020). "Behind-the-scenes cop brings strong community ties to his role as Portland's new police chief". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Office, Portland Police Public Information (11 June 2020). "Chuck Lovell Sworn In as PPB's 50th Police Chief (Photo)". Portland Police. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Bernstein, Maxine (June 8, 2020). "Portland Chief Jami Resch to resign, African American lieutenant Chuck Lovell to be named chief at noon". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on 2020-06-08. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  4. ^ Tess Riski (June 8, 2020). "Portland Police Chief Jami Resch Will Resign Amid Uprising, Cede Command to Lieutenant Chuck Lovell". Willamette Week. Retrieved June 8, 2020. Resch's resignation falls on the second week of Portland protests against police brutality, where officers have been criticized for using riot control agents like tear gas, flash-bang grenades, batons and potentially-deafening sonic acoustics.
  5. ^ "Chief Chuck Lovell". 11 June 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020. Prior to joining the Portland Police Bureau, Chuck was a member of the U.S. Air Force and served in many capacities.
  6. ^ a b Nigel Jaquiss; Latisha Jensen (10 June 2020). "Five Things to Know About Chief Charles "Chuck" Lovell". Willamette Week. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  7. ^ "PPB Organizational Chart". City of Portland. June 8, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2020.