Pamplin Media Group – Portland Civilian Police Oversight Director Heads to Governor’s Office

Constantin Severe, longtime head of the city’s police Independent Review Unit, has accepted a position with Governor Kate Brown.


Constantin Severe quits his job as Portland Police Supervisor to work in Salem for Governor Kate Brown.

Severe, a former defense attorney who became director of the city’s independent civilian review unit in 2013, will begin working as Brown’s public safety adviser on April 8, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Brown’s office.

Severe, who works for City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero, oversees a small team of investigators to monitor officers’ misconduct complaints regarding the Portland Police Department.

Severe referred questions about his new job to Brown’s office. Brown’s press release does not provide details on what he will focus on.

The IPR office released its own statement, saying he would step down from April 5.

“I am grateful for Constantine’s dedicated service,” Portland City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero said in the statement. Comments. I plan to conduct a national search for the next director of IPR.”

Severe, in his own prepared statement, said: “It has been an enormous privilege to serve the City and the Auditor General as Director of CIOs. I am proud to have served with an incredible and dedicated staff who work hard for this community. .”


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