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Cops' spokesman Brian Schmautz is retiring from the Portland Police Bureau on January 30, having taken a job coordinating crime scene investigations for the district attorney's office in Clackamas. "While I will not get to choose my replacement, I have told Chief [Rosie] Sizer that the person must be grumpy, willing to laugh at you to your face instead of behind your back, in a 12-step program for something or willing to join one after they have the pager for a few months, and concerned about the carbon footprint of the media," Schmautz wrote, in an email to local media on Monday, January 5, announcing the move. MD


City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is now, officially, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, having been sworn in at a community-focused ceremony in Southwest Portland on Saturday, January 3. "I feel like I have 150,000 new friends," said Fritz, relating to the crowd a conversation she had with a well-wisher, shortly after Election Day. "And he said, 'Yeah, until you mess up.' So please, everyone, help me not to mess up." Former City Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury introduced Fritz, describing her election as contributing to an atmosphere of "unbridled hope" at city hall. "I can honestly say that Portland got its money's worth," said Fritz's former campaign manager, Ellen Miyo Ino Klaastad, in reference to Fritz's status as the first city commissioner elected under Portland's controversial voter-owned elections program. MD


Defense Attorney Spencer Hahn has been told it will cost $3,773.40 for the Portland Police Bureau to review and redact 20 boxes of information relating to the city's controversial secret list of downtown offenders, before the contents of the boxes can be disclosed to the public ["Officer Pandora's Boxes," News, Dec 25]. Hahn, along with two other defense attorneys, is still trying to pursue the information through the courts, with a hearing before Judge Dale Koch scheduled in the coming weeks. Hahn's client has been charged with a felony, instead of a standard misdemeanor for drug possession—a result, it is presumed, of being on the list. The list is part of the city's controversial Neighborhood Livability Crime Enforcement Program, which effectively replaced the city's Drug-Free Zones after Mayor Tom Potter abolished them in September 2007. MD

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