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Statement on alleged misconduct by three corrections deputies - 02/20/24

Multnomah County Sheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell has initiated a professional standards investigation into serious allegations of misconduct by three corrections deputies, Mirzet Sacirovic, Jorge Troudt and Gustavo Valdovinos.

In April 2022, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) was notified by a federal investigator that two cooperating defendants involved in a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) case shared concerning allegations of misconduct by the deputies during a meeting with investigators. The defendants alleged the deputies aided or facilitated assaults, provided contraband and allowed access to computers and personal cell phones. The alleged conduct was said to have occurred between 2018 and 2020.

The MCSO Detectives Unit opened criminal investigations into the allegations in April 2022. Due to the nature of the allegations, scope of the investigations, and for broad transparency, MCSO activated the East County Major Crimes Team. The East County Major Crimes Team consists of investigators from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department, Port of Portland Police Department, Oregon State Police, and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

On September 21, 2022, then Sheriff Mike Reese formally requested that Oregon State Police lead the investigation. On that same day, the three deputies were placed on paid administrative leave. They remain in this leave status today.

Eight months later, in May 2023, the OSP investigator concluded the investigations and referred charges of official misconduct to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. 

After a review by the deputy district attorney (DDA), the DDA declined to criminally charge the three corrections deputies. 

On November 14, 2023, the DDA sent a memorandum to District Attorney Mike Schmidt stating the DA’s Office would be unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt all elements of the alleged crimes, citing the age of the allegations, the credibility of the cooperating defendants, lack of evidence, and lack of corroborating statements, among many other factors. 

With the conclusion of the criminal investigation and the declination to prosecute the corrections deputies, the cases returned to the Sheriff’s Office for further consideration.

Sheriff Morrisey O’Donnell is providing the following statement: 

“The alleged conduct outlined in the Oregon State Police investigative records is egregious and unacceptable. I will not tolerate conduct of this nature within our organization.

I have initiated a professional standards investigation. To ensure there are no perceived conflicts of interest, and because an inquiry of this scope requires significant resources, I will be turning to an independent investigator to complete the professional standards investigations.

It is important for the community to know the Sheriff’s Office has taken significant steps to ensure oversight in our jails in recent years. Measures include, but are not limited to: 

  • Replacing and installing new interior security cameras throughout the jail,
  • Reviewing and enacting policy to ensure compliance with state law and to reflect best practices in corrections settings,
  • Reforming the adult in custody complaint process,
  • Implementing technology to record activations of security doors,
  • Expanding our corrections deputy field training program,
  • Appointing a non-sworn inspector to oversee the MCSO Internal Affairs Unit.

These measures are building blocks. I am committed to identifying and implementing strategies to ensure accountability into the future.”

In the interest of transparency, the Sheriff’s Office is providing the OSP investigation reports; they can be found at this link. The DDA’s memorandum is also being made available here

To safeguard the integrity of the processes and investigations, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is not commenting further at this time.


Update: Missing Woman Found Safe (Photo) - 02/15/24

Update 2/15/2024:

JoAnn Lee was found safe in downtown Portland.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help finding a missing, endangered woman who walked away from her caretaker in Wood Village.

JoAnn Lee is a 69-year-old Asian woman, 5’6’’, 117 pounds. She was last seen yesterday at 1:37 p.m. in the area of 23400 NE Halsey Street near Wood Village Burrito Shop. She was wearing a gray fleece hoodie, black and white striped shirt, black leggings and black knee-high boots. She was carrying a single strap purse.

It’s believed that she may have boarded a TriMet bus attempting to go to her prior residence in the 12500 block of SE Raymond Street in Portland.

JoAnn suffers from mental health issues, as well as serious physical health conditions that require treatment and she is without her needed medication.

If you see JoAnn, please call 911.

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107 derelict boats turned-in during boat disposal program (Photo) - 02/08/24

During a months-long, joint boat take-back program, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol Unit, in partnership with Oregon Metro and the Oregon State Marine Board, assisted in disposing of 107 derelict vessels in Metro’s district. 

The boat take-back program allowed boat owners to dispose of unseaworthy, damaged or poor condition vessels. Often, when end-of-life boats are given away or sold for a low price, they end up abandoned or dumped in rivers or public lands. Dumped boats can create significant navigational and environmental hazards.

Between January 30, 2023, and October 31, 2023:

  • Metro received 168 applications for removal.
  • Primary reason for turning in boats included the boat owner had passed away, and the boat wasn’t in working condition.

The program was offered to boat owners at no-cost. Oregon House Bill 5202, which addresses waste impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, funded the more than $250,000 needed to dispose of the vessels.

“This collaborative approach allowed us to address a known problem with an effective solution,” said Sgt. Steve Dangler. “To proactively dispose of dozens of vessels, before they end up on the side of the road or abandoned in the river, creates safer waterways and a more livable community.” 

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks feedback on proposed policy - 02/07/24

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) takes seriously its responsibility to engage community stakeholders about the services the agency provides. Policy and procedure serve as the foundation for all MCSO law enforcement operations, correctional operations, and business services. Policy provides members with the objectives, limits, and requirements that apply to their work for the public. Procedure provides detailed direction governing how a task is to be accomplished. 

We invite the public to provide feedback on proposed policy and procedure(s) through a 30-day period known as the Stakeholder Review. During the policy’s Stakeholder Review, the public is encouraged to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the policy drafts. People who submit comments should be aware that their remarks become public record.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following draft(s): 

•225.00 Administrative Closure or Curtailment and Special Emergency Attendance 
•810.00 Subpoenas; Service, Fees, and Notification 
•1050.00 Protected Leave 
•1325.00 Personal Property Reimbursement 
•1505.00 Technology Access; Usage, Security and Technology Related Purchases 

To submit a comment, please go to our website.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We take individual comments into collective consideration as policy is finalized.

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