PORTLAND -- After weeks of consideration, Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced Monday he will not run for mayor in 2012.
I've decided that I can best serve the community and the Portland Police Bureau by remaining the Chief of Police, Reese said. I will not be a candidate for Mayor.
Reese said running for mayor is a time-consuming task and he wished the best to the other candidates as they move forward with their campaigns.
I appreciate the kind words of support and encouragement that have been offered to me these past few weeks, he added. It has been humbling to say the least to hear these positive comments.
Reese received praise for his handling of the Occupy Portland encampments, but then came under fire for comments he made Thursday about a rape call going unanswered for three hours while police resources were dedicated to protests.
Reese issued a new edict Saturday night, saying police will ask marchers if they want a police escort. If they decline, police will leave them alone unless they get calls of complaint.
Portland Mayor Sam Adams announced in July that he would not seek re-election.