Medford Hires New Police Chief

City Manager Brian Sjothun has named Justin Ivens as the next Police Chief of the Medford Police Department (MPD) following the retirement of Chief Scott Clauson. Ivens has served as one of MPD’s Deputy Chiefs since 2019 and has been with the department for over 26 years.

Justin Ivens

Two internal candidates were interviewed by City Department Directors, the City Manager and his two Deputy City Managers. 

“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.”

Ivens has more than 26 years of law enforcement experience with MPD where he rose through the ranks, starting as a community service officer in 1995. He was promoted to a Patrol Officer and then advanced to Major Crimes Detective where he was instrumental in helping form the Oregon Homicide Investigators Association (OHIA).

After 14 years of service as a Detective, Ivens was promoted to Sergeant then Lieutenant and most recently to Deputy Chief. Throughout his time with MPD, Ivens has played an active role in the training and mentoring of future leaders within the department.

“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 2nd City Council meeting.

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