Oregon Public Broadcasting

In a release out Monday, Portland Police Chief MIke Reese said he would not be running for mayor.

010311_reeseandadams_small.jpgKristian Foden-Vencil / OPBPortland Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief discuss recent police shootings with members of the media.

Reese had been considering a run, but had not made a formal announcement.

In the statement, he said he was needed in his current role.

After careful consideration, I've decided that I can best serve the community and the Portland Police Bureau by remaining the Chief of Police. I will not be a candidate for Mayor. I appreciate the kind words of support and encouragement that have been offered to me these past few weeks. It has been humbling to say the least to hear these positive comments.

Running for political office is a time-consuming and daunting task. I wish all the candidates the best as they move forward with their campaign.

Chief Mike Reese

Reese had faced criticism for his department's use of pepper spray and other tactics in dealing with Occupy Portland protesters.

He also apologized this weekend for a comment made about a delay in responding to a rape case because of the protests.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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