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Portland police chief resigns
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Former Portland Police Chief Gary Giles, right, is pictured with Donine Schwartz in April at a presentation for the police department’s prescription drug drop-off box. Giles has resigned, and will become the police chief in his hometown of Orem, Utah.
Former Portland Police Chief Gary Giles, right, is pictured with Donine Schwartz in April at a presentation for the police department’s prescription drug drop-off box. Giles has resigned, and will become the police chief in his hometown of Orem, Utah.
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Portland Police Chief Gary Giles has resigned, and will leave the Coastal Bend to become the police chief of his hometown of Orem, Utah.

Giles has worked in Portland since November 2012.

“Chief Giles has done a great job as police chief,” City Manager Randy Wright said in a news release sent to the Portland News Thursday morning. “He has been an asset to this community and, most recently, guided the department to the successful conclusion of the Mollie Olgin and Kristine Chapa capital murder investigation.”

David Malcom Strickland, 27, and his wife, Laura Strickland, 23, were arrested June 20 in connection with the shootings of Olgin and Chapa, which occurred at Portland’s Violet Andrews Park June 22, 2012. Olgin died at the scene, but Chapa survived after being found by park visitors.

Giles informed city staff that his departure would be bittersweet.

“I will always cherish the friendships that have been forged and the lessons I’ve learned,” Giles said in a news release. “Portland will always be my second home.”
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