Keith Boyd Hired as Deputy Police Chief

Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris is pleased to announce the hiring of Keith Boyd as his Deputy Police Chief. Boyd has been employed by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office in California since May 1996. Prior to that he was with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office for nearly a year.

“I am extremely pleased about the hiring of Keith Boyd as our Deputy Police Chief. During our comprehensive selection process, Keith consistently displayed professionalism, integrity and competence, while also demonstrating compassion and good communication skills,” Chief Ferraris said. “Keith’s extensive law enforcement experience, his desire to be connected in the community and his education and training have prepared him for this position. I am looking forward to Keith becoming part of our leadership team.”

Boyd attended California State University, Sacramento where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the prestigious California Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College.

Currently, Boyd serves as a Sheriff’s lieutenant assigned to the Patrol Division and Special Response Team Commander. Prior to this he served as the Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Coroner Division and leading the successful consolidation of coroner services into the Sheriff’s Office from 2010-2015. He has also been in detention services, patrol operations, special response team, field training officer, major crime taskforce and professional standards. Keith is a past member of the Coroner Curriculum Development Committee.

The attraction to Oregon has been a long time coming for Boyd and his wife MJ.

“We have family in Oregon and we have a lot of friends close to Marion County,” he said. “My wife and I were looking long-term at moving to Oregon and this opportunity brought that move a lot sooner, and we’re excited for it.”

Boyd said several things attracted him to Woodburn.

“I think I have a diverse skillset that will complement the Chief and this department and I come with a fresh perspective from a much bigger outside agency,” he said. “I think that has significant value. I’m not locked into any particular mindset and can give another viewpoint and be a nice balance for Chief as the organization continues to grow.”

City Administrator Scott Derickson, who was on the interview panel, is impressed with Boyd’s experience and personality.

“Chief Ferraris continues to carry the baton forward in hiring the very best and most talented candidates available for our police department,” he said. “Keith brings a solid record of accomplishment, extensive knowledge in community-based law enforcement and professional aptitude, combined with an approachable style that will be a great fit with our community’s expectations and departmental needs. I’m really looking forward to getting Keith started and introduce him to Woodburn community.”

Seeing the continuity between the City’s administration and the police department was also an attraction for Boyd.

“In my interactions with Scott and Chief, it is apparent they come from — and expect — high standards of excellence,” he added. “I want to work for organizations that strive for that because it is what I believe in.”

The hiring of a deputy chief continues Chief Ferraris’ restructuring of the WPD command staff. With the promotion of Jason Millican to lieutenant and the current recruitment of a second lieutenant’s position, the plan is coming together nicely.

“I had a vision for this department when I was hired and we are putting that plan into action within our existing budget,” Chief Ferraris said. “This new structure will not only help us internally, but it will make us better servants to our community. One of my goals when I was hired was to build on a great foundation and make our department one of the best in Oregon. We are well on our way to making that goal a reality.”

Boyd’s first day will be Nov. 14.

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