Woodburn Police Chief Hires, Promotes 12 on Historic Night

Photo caption: Back row, l-r: Sgt. Altabef, Sgt. Araiza, Deputy Chief Boyd, Chief Ferraris, Support Services Manager Eubank, Lt. Millican, Lt. Pilcher, Sgt. Hershberger; front row, l-r: Officer White, Officer Gill, Officer Ponce, Officer Vasquez, Officer Smith.


The Woodburn Police Department had a historic night at Monday’s meeting of the Woodburn City Council. Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris hired or promoted 11 police officers and promoted one professional staff member.

The five new police officers will undergo several months of training. Most will begin at the Oregon Police Academy March 20. One has already completed the academy and will begin field training immediately.

Each of the three newly-promoted sergeants will be assigned as patrol supervisors in the Operations Division.

Sgt. Andy Shadrin has transferred from patrol to the Criminal Investigations Unit as the detective supervisor.

Lt. Jason Millican is now assigned as commander of the Operations Division. Lt. Marty Pilcher is now assigned as the commander of the Community Response Division.

Linda Eubank was promoted from records supervisor and will serve as manager of the Support Services Division.

Deputy Chief Boyd is now assigned to the Chief’s Office.

“This was a great day for the Woodburn Police Department, something we have never seen before,” said Chief Ferraris. “It has been a long time since we have been fully staffed and these hires and promotions bring us to just three positions short of authorized staffing and most importantly, occurred within our existing budget. I made a declaration when I was hired to raise the bar to a standard of excellence, and we have taken a huge step toward that achievement.”

The following is a brief bio on each of the newly hired or promoted employees.

Woodburn Police Officer Bios

Nate Smith

Nate holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Corban University. Nate’s most recent employment was as a 911 call taker at the Willamette Valley Communications Center in Salem. Nate has previous experience as a Salem Police Officer, as a group life coordinator with the Oregon Youth Authority, as a campus public safety officer at Corbin University and as a Reserve Police Officer in Aumsville.


Ezequiel Vasquez

Ezequiel is bilingual and studied at Western Oregon University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Criminal Justice. Ezequiel has several years of criminal justice experience having worked for Marion County Juvenile Detention Center as a group worker and since 2013 serving the Marion County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Deputy.


Travis White

Travis graduated from Cascade High School and is a military veteran, having served in the Oregon Air National Guard where he was a jet mechanic assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing at the Portland Air Guard Base. He worked for the Salem Police Department as a Community Service Officer and since 2014 has served the Marion County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Deputy.


Charlie Gill

Charlie graduated from Tigard High School and continued his post high school studies at Portland Community College, Chemeketa Community College and Western Oregon University. He served three years as the varsity lacrosse coach at South Salem High School. He has been a volunteer and part-time firefighter/EMT at Depoe Bay Fire Department and, since 2011, has been a part-time volunteer firefighter with the Sublimity Fire Department. Charlie’s most recent employment was with Benchmade Knives working in production.


Jesse Ponce

Jesse is bilingual and graduated from Summit High School in 2008. Jesse received an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Heald College.

For the last several years, Jesse worked as a supervisor for a security company on contract with the Portland Parks Bureau, providing security in city parks.


Woodburn Police Sergeant Bios

Shawn Hershberger

Shawn is a graduate of Woodburn High School and has attended courses at the community college level. Shawn has been a police officer for 10 years, serving the citizens of Woodburn for his entire career. During his tenure with the department Shawn served as a patrol officer, patrol corporal, detective and was a member of the police department’s Tactical Services Unit for eight years.


Juan Miguel (Mike) Araiza

Mike is bilingual and graduated from high school in Idaho. He started college as an Economics Major with a minor in Music. 

Mike began his law enforcement career in Idaho as a detention officer and reserve police officer. Mike later worked as an officer for the Oregon Department of Corrections. He had served deputy and police officer inMalheur County.

Mike was hired in 2001 by the Woodburn Police Department where he has worked as a patrol officer, motor officer, detective, field training Officer, public information officer, crash reconstructionist on a multi-agency crash team, hostage/crisis negotiator for Marion County SWAT Team and as a Corporal for both Patrol and Traffic Teams.

Mike has received various awards including being named the ODOT 2009 Retired Sergeant John Burright Traffic/Patrol Supervisor of the Year.

Mike serves as trainer for the Oregon Law Enforcement for the LECC (Law Enforcement Contacts and Data Review Committee) on Diversity, Police Profiling and Implicit Bias. Mike also is a Spanish speaking law enforcement presenter for the Conference of Western Attorney Generals (CWAG) throughout various parts of Mexico. In 2016, Gov. Kate Brown appointed Mike to the board of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training as a non- management member.


Colleen Altabef

Colleen graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement and began basic police academy through the Oregon Police Corps later that same year. She has been a sworn police officer for over 14 years and came to the Woodburn Police Department from the Stayton Police Department in February 2011. In her career, she has filled the roles of patrol officer, detective, tactical operator and corporal.


Woodburn Police Support Services Manager

Linda Eubank

Linda began her career in law enforcement in 1978 working at the Brookings Police Department as a dispatcher, records clerk and matron. She worked part time for the Stayton Police Department from 1985-86 as a dispatcher/records clerk. Linda started working at in Woodburn in 1986 as a dispatcher and records clerk, moving to records full time in 1994. In 1999, Linda was appointed records supervisor and served in that capacity until Feb. 27 when she was promoted to support services manager.  



Jason Millican

Jason graduated from Woodburn High School and attended Western Oregon University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. In 1995, he attended the Marion County Reserve Academy and graduated in May 1996. Jason was a reserve deputy until he was hired by the Woodburn Police Department in April 1998.

Jason has been with Woodburn Police Department for 19 years, starting his career as a patrol officer.  He has served as a K9 officer and detective. He was promoted to sergeant in 2006 and was a member of the Tactical Services Unit for five years. Jason was a supervisor assigned to the South Metro Gang Task Force, and also served as the detective sergeant. Upon promotion to lieutenant, Jason will command the Operations Division.


Marty Pilcher

Marty Pilcher served as a police officer for 28 years retiring in September 2016 as a lieutenant from the Elk Grove, Calif. Police Department. During his career Marty was a patrol officer, field training officer, detective and SWAT team member. As a sergeant, Marty served in patrol, investigations as a motor sergeant and a SWAT team leader. As a Lieutenant Marty’s duties included watch commander, detective bureau commander, traffic bureau commander and Crisis Response Unit commander. Most recently Marty was an Internal Affairs Investigator with the Portland Police Bureau.   

Marty has a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Sacramento and a Master’s Degree from Norwich University. He is a graduate of the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College Class No. 48 and attended the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.


Deputy Chief of Police Keith Boyd

Keith spent 21 years in law enforcement before coming to WPD. He began his career with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office then moved to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. While at MCSO he held the ranks from deputy sheriff to lieutenant. He worked assignments in detention services, admin services, field services, SWAT, major crime investigation, professional standards and the coroner’s office.

Keith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from CSU Sacramento He graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Institute training program and the POST Command College. Keith has been published in the Journal of California Law Enforcement about forensic pathology’s impact on law enforcement in California.

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