AIC Deputy Chief Shawn Adams has a notable 27 years of experience encompassing many different areas of policing. Deputy Chief Adams came to Eugene from the Salem Police Department, initially as a captain before becoming AIC deputy chief. During his tenure at Salem Police Department, Adams moved up the ranks from police officer, to corporal, then sergeant, and has spent 11 years serving as a lieutenant. Adams has a strong operational background and impressive resume. Of special note: the numerous years he has served as the Emergency Operations group commander. This operations group consists of SWAT, CNT, Explosives Disposal Unit, and Rapid Deployment unit teams. He has also served in the Criminal Investigations Division, overseeing person and property crimes, gang enforcement and their crime lab. Then-Captain Adams joined EPD on November 18, 2019, and was assigned to the Investigations Division. In 2022, he became acting in charge deputy chief before his appointment as deputy chief in 2023.
Captain Billy Halvorson
Captain Billy Halvorson has more than 24 years of local policing experience. Halvorson came to the Eugene Police Department in January 2020, following 22 years with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. While at the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Halvorson served in both Corrections and Patrol as a deputy, promoted to patrol sergeant for five years and eventually to lieutenant for three years, serving as both a patrol lieutenant and corrections lieutenant. Halvorson served within a variety of roles at the Sheriff’s Office, including 12 years as the lead major collision reconstructionist; oversight of all sections of the Patrol Division; and manager of multiple special staffing contracts with the State of Oregon, Bureau of Land Management, and Cities of Creswell and Veneta. He also assumed lead roles in county-wide disaster mitigation and event management such as area floods, ice storms, wildfires and the law enforcement presence and response around the Oregon Country Fair. Halvorson started with the Eugene Police Department as an officer on January 3, 2020, was promoted to lieutenant on November 22, 2020 and to captain on June 19, 2022. Halvorson is currently assigned to the Operations Support Division and Central Lane Communications Center.
Acting Captain Roy Wright
Acting 9-1-1 Communications Division Manager
Captain Billy Halvorson
Finance and Administration Division Manager
Division Manager Tim Schuck heads the Finance and Administration Division at the Eugene Police Department. He began his career at EPD in February of 2011 as a service improvement analyst working in the Office of the Chief. He later became the Crime Analysis Unit manager, which has played an integral part in our data-led policing efforts. Schuck is a member of the City of Eugene Investment Advisory Board as well as a member of the City’s Deferred Compensation Committee. He was awarded Eugene Police Department’s Civilian Employee of the Year Award in 2012. Prior to joining EPD, Schuck was an administrator for a local utility and prior to that he was a manager at a high-tech manufacturing company. He earned a master’s degree in business administration as well as a bachelor’s degree in management from Northwest Christian University.
Public Information Director
Public Information Director Melinda McLaughlin, APR, has been Eugene Police Department’s public information director since 2006 and is a member of its senior staff. McLaughlin blends 35 years of media and accredited public relations work with more than a decade of service as a Lane County Sheriff’s Office reserve patrol deputy. With a background in broadcast journalism, McLaughlin has worked news media, public relations, advertising, intergovernmental relations, crisis communications, emergency communications, social media, digital production, fundraising, and market research. Her career spans business, media, not-for-profits, professional world-ranked motor sports as a racer and a columnist, PR agency work and government service. At one point, McLaughlin worked simultaneously as the sole public information officer for two county governments. McLaughlin attended the University of Oregon’s Robert D. Clark Honors College, and graduated from the UO with a B.A. in Journalism in 1984. She was named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and Springfield-Twin Rivers Rotarian of the Year 1998-1999. McLaughlin has instructed at FEMA’s Advanced Public Information Officers Course in Maryland.
Strategic Initiatives Manager
Klaree Boose, PhD, is the acting strategic initives manager in the Office of the Chief. Boose began her career at EPD in April of 2020 as the Records Unit manager in the Operations Support Division, where she worked to improve the unit’s structural efficiencies and established the department’s Public Records Office. Boose is a member of the City of Eugene’s Community Safety Steering Committee and has served as EPD’s team lead on the City’s Community Safety Initiative Metrics Team. Prior to working at EPD, Boose taught in the Department of Anthropology and the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. She has volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations, including serving as executive director, president and advisor. Boose earned a doctorate and master’s in biological anthropology from the University of Oregon.
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