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Thursday, June 22, 2006 - Page updated at 05:27 PM

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Portland's police chief replaced following scandal

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — Rosie Sizer was named Portland's police chief today, taking over for a chief who was tainted by scandal over a relationship with a department desk clerk.

Sizer was the southeast precinct commander before she was named interim chief in April, when Mayor Tom Potter placed Derrick Foxworth on administrative leave. She is a 20-year veteran of the bureau and the wife of former Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Noelle.

Sizer, who becomes the city's 45th police chief, said she holds a "deep sense of awe for the responsibility I hold."

Foxworth acknowledged a sexual relationship lasting more than a year with the clerk, Angela Oswalt, before he became chief in 2003. Some of his explicit e-mails to her later were made public.

Potter said last week an investigation did not substantiate most of the allegations against Foxworth.

But he said Foxworth used poor judgment in sharing department information with Oswalt, and he was demoted from chief to captain.

This week, Sizer gave Foxworth her former position as southeast precinct commander.

Sizer said her goals as chief will include increasing the openness and transparency of the police bureau, building relationships with the community and using police resources wisely.

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