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Maywood Park Stabbing Leads To Arrest of Portland Man (Photo) - 01/19/19

On January 18, 2019 at approximately 7:20pm Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers responded to the area of NE 102nd Avenue and I-84 on the report of multiple people being stabbed in a nearby greenspace.  After searching for several minutes, PPB officers located three victims in a greenspace that was later determined to be within the City of Maywood Park.  The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), which provides law enforcement services to the City of Maywood Park, then assumed responsibility for the investigation.

As MCSO deputies arrived at the location, a PPB K-9 team located and arrested the suspect not far from the crime scene.  The suspect, along with three adult victims, were transported to local hospitals for treatment of serious, but not life-threatening injuries.  Detectives continued to process the crime scene until approximately 11:30pm.

The initial investigation has revealed that all four parties were local transients and had a dispute over property.  As a result of the investigation, XAIRE LAMONT DARN JOHNSON, age 26, was lodged at MCDC on January 19, 2019 on the following charges:

  • Assault I (3 counts)
  • Assault II (3 counts)
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon (3 counts)

This investigation is on-going and additional charges may be filed at a later date.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank the Portland Police Bureau for the assistance they provided during the initial response to this investigation.  PPB’s quick response led to the swift apprehension of JOHNSON and assured that no one else was injured.

Attached Media Files: JOHNSON
New Policy Draft Released for Stakeholder Review - 01/15/19

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office recognizes and takes seriously its affirmative responsibility to engage community stakeholders about service delivery; one form of engagement the Office undertakes is to seek public feedback about proposed policy and procedure(s) through a Stakeholder Review period.

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

  • XXX.XX – Complaint Intake and Internal Affairs Processing

The Stakeholder Review period is open for all members of the public to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the draft, which will be posted for the next thirty (30) days. To comment, please go to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office website, accessible here:

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office thanks you in advance for taking the time to review its drafts and express your views; the Office will take individual comments into collective consideration as it finalizes a policy and procedure.

MCSO Command Staff Transitions - 01/09/19

The New Year is starting in a busy fashion as we manage transitions within our command team and I want to take a moment to share a few personnel moves that are taking place soon.

Chief of Staff:

In February, Stephanie Prybyl, Chief of Staff, will be leaving MCSO for the Oregon Water Resources Department. There she will serve as the primary policy source for the Director's Office, which is in alignment with her professional background and builds upon her work within public safety. I am sorry to see Stephanie depart MCSO; she has accomplished much these past two years including substantial work on agency new policies and procedures, comprehensive legislative affairs, effective relationships with other elected offices and directing our executive team. 

I am pleased to announce that Katie Burgard will serve as MCSO's Chief of Staff.

Katie currently serves as the Facility Services Section Director, responsible for the oversight of Close Street Supervision, Classification, and Programs Units. These units are an essential partner to managing the corrections facilities by providing pretrial supervision of defendants within the community, reviewing and properly housing adults in custody for safety and security, and providing evidence based programs aimed at the rehabilitation of individuals as well as transitional resources upon release. In addition to her 10 years with MCSO, Katie previously dedicated 10 years within direct social service work focused on behavioral health care for justice-involved youth and adults. Katie grew up in Oregon, prior to attending Oregon State University, where she studied Sociology and Criminology.

Law Enforcement Division: 

After a long and dedicated MCSO career, Chief Deputy Jason Gates is retiring in February. I am pleased to reaffirm that Monte Reiser will serve as MCSO's Chief Deputy of Law Enforcement. Monte currently serves as the Commander of the Patrol Unit, responsible for coordinating police response to over 290 square miles of unincorporated Multnomah County, and four contract communities including Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village and Maywood Park. Monte has worked through MCSO ranks of deputy, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and commander since 1993. He grew up in Oregon, prior to attending Western Oregon State College, where he studied Law Enforcement and Social Science.

Travis Gullberg will assume leadership of the Patrol Unit. Travis currently serves as the Captain of the Professional Standards Unit, responsible for creating an environment that encourages the highest standards of integrity by assessing and addressing concerns through the internal affairs process, conducting internal audits, and guiding continuous improvement across our Agency. Travis has worked through MCSO ranks of deputy, sergeant, lieutenant and captain since 1998. He grew up in Oregon, prior to attending Warner Pacific College, where he studied Sociology and Business Administration. In December 2018, Travis graduated from the FBI National Academy.

James Eriksen will assume leadership of the Professional Standards Unit. James currently serves as the Acting-Captain in that unit, as Travis was attending the FBI Academy. He grew up in Oregon, prior to attending Salem Western Baptist College, where he studied Management and Communications.

Together, Chief Deputy Reiser and Captain Gullberg are responsible for implementing MCSO's vision for neighborhood team policing and strategic law enforcement services. 

Corrections Services Division: 

Nick Jarmer will assume leadership of the Facility Services Unit as an Acting Captain. Nick currently serves as the Lieutenant over the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) Booking Floor, interacting with law enforcement agencies across the County and directing the process by which arrestees enter, transfer and are released from the criminal justice system. Nick has worked through MCSO ranks of deputy and sergeant since 1991. He grew up in Oregon, prior to attending Portland State University, where he studied Finance and Law.

These are important appointments for MCSO, as Chief of Staff Burgard and Acting-Captain Jarmer are responsible for implementing the Agency's vision for the rehabilitation of adults entrusted to our custody and effective facilitation of the continuum of care via corrections professionals. 

Next Steps: 

With this team, I have every confidence that MCSO is ready and able to succeed in 2019 and beyond.



Michael Reese


MCSO Green Hornet Trail Team with assistance of Search and Rescue Team find lost hiker (summary) - 12/29/18

On 12/29/18, at about 3:15pm, Patrol Deputies were dispatched to the Bridal Veil area regarding a lost hiker. The call indicated that an adult female had contacted 911, as she, and her dog, had become lost during a day hike. Deputies were able to quickly establish a general area that it was believed the hiker may be in. Members of the Sheriff’s Office Green Hornets Trail Rescue Team, as well as, Members of the Multnomah County Search and Rescue Team arrived at the scene. Due to the approaching darkness and worsening weather conditions they quickly went to work. While the Search and Rescue Team set up a command post, and rallied their volunteer members, several members of the Green Hornets deployed and began to make their way toward the hiker’s last suspected location. In coordination with the Search and Rescue Team, and members of patrol, the Green Hornets were able to progressively narrow down the lost hikers location. She and her dog were found, uninjured, by Green Hornet Commander Monte Reiser, at around 6:00pm. Commander Reiser escorted the lost hiker back to the Command Post. The hiker told searchers that she had started her hike at about 1:15pm and had hiked about 5 miles when she realized she was no longer sure how to get back to her vehicle. She said that she is a very experienced hiker but got turned around due to the poor weather conditions and limited light.