Beaverton Police get interim chief
Ronda Groshong officially became Beaverton's interim police chief and the first woman to lead the 185-member department.
Groshong was sworn in Tuesday, July 9, by City Recorder Cathy Jansen at the start of the City Council meeting. Her father, Ron Groshong, pinned the chief's shield on her.
She succeeds Jim Monger, who retired June 27 after 34 years with the department, the past three years as chief. The city has begun a national search for a new chief.
Groshong joined Beaverton Police as an officer in 1995. She has been a detective, sergeant, lieutenant, and starting in 2017, one of three captains. She oversees the administrative bureau, whose 29 members deal with professional standards, training and records.
She also has been on the board of the Domestic Violence Resource Center, which is based in Beaverton.
She is a 1987 graduate of Tillamook High School and 1992 graduate of Portland State University. While in high school, according to Oregon School Activities Association records, she won the 1984 2A individual state championship in cross-country and the 1986 and 1987 3A individual state championships in the 1,500-meter run.
Beaverton Police employs 141 uniformed officers and 44 other staff.
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