Tigard Chief of Police Alan Orr has announced his retirement. Orr’s last working day with the Tigard Police Department will be August 31. A formal retirement celebration in Orr’s honor will be held on Friday, September 30, from 1–4 p.m., in the Community Room at the Tigard Public Library on Hall Blvd. The public is invited to attend. Parking is available at City Hall or at the church across the street and shuttle service will be available.
Orr began employment with the Tigard Police Department in 2002, and he was promoted to Chief of Police in 2009. Prior to his tenure with the Tigard Police Department, Orr was employed for 32 years with the Portland Police Bureau. In all, Orr devoted 46 years to his law enforcement career.
While Chief of Police at Tigard, Orr saw unprecedented growth in both the police department and the City overall. Orr was at the helm when the police department took major leaps forward in areas of technology such as mobile data communicators, e-ticketing, the acquisition of automatic license plate readers, as well as in-car video installed across the fleet. Orr fostered a Chief’s Advisory Panel, which serves as a sounding board from a host of community representatives. Orr also instituted the district car concept in Tigard, which assigns officers to the same patrol area to attain familiarity and advent more productive problem solving in the community.
Orr stated that the opportunity to work with such a professional group of men and women at the Tigard Police Department has been a privilege. He has a profound respect for the citizens of Tigard and cannot thank them enough for their unwavering support over the years.
Orr plans to remain in the metro area and enjoy his newly acquired free time with his family.