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City of Medford names new police chief with 26-year history at the department

Justin Ivens will become chief of Medford Police when Chief Scott Clauson retires.

Posted: Oct 13, 2021 2:44 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2021 5:33 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The City of Medford on Wednesday revealed who will be the next person to lead the city's police department when Chief Scott Clauson retires. City manager Brian Sjothun named Justin Ivens, one of the Medford Police Department's deputy chiefs and a 26-year member of the agency.

“I am confident that Chief Ivens is the right leader for Medford,” said Sjothun. “Ivens has developed lasting relationships in our community and holds vast institutional knowledge of the department which will be valuable for its continued success.”

Current MPD Chief Scott Clauson revealed in mid-September that he would be retiring at the end of 2021. Clauson replaced now-Mayor Randy Sparacino as police chief in 2019.

Ivens started with the Medford Police Department in 1995 as a community service officer. He rose through the ranks to patrol officer, then major crimes detective. The City said that he was instrumental in helping to form the Oregon Homicide Investigators Association (OHIA).

After working for 14 years as a detective, Ivens was promoted to sergeant, then lieutenant, and most recently to deputy chief. The City said that Ivens has played an "active role" in training and mentoring future leaders within the Medford Police Department.

Two internal candidates were interviewed by the city department directors, the city manager, and the two deputy city managers.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the next Chief of Police for the Medford Police Department,” Ivens said. “I am committed to working collaboratively with the City’s management team, fellow members of MPD, and the entire Medford community to build upon established successes and identify innovative strategies to strengthen the department and our officers.”

Ivens will be sworn in as police chief at the December 2 meeting of the Medford City Council.

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