The Tigard Police Department is led by Police Chief Kathy McAlpine. Two commanders serve directly under her and three lieutenants serve directly under the commanders. This organizational structure makes up the department's Command Staff. Under this structure, the Police Chief oversees all department operations and policies, while commanders and lieutenants are responsible for managing individual programs and specialty units.
Chief Kathy McAlpine
She began her career in 1986 as a patrol officer with the Tacoma Police Department in Washington, where she later held the ranks of detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and assistant chief. During her time as a sergeant, she worked patrol, street crimes, narcotics and Internal Affairs, both as an investigator and later as the Bureau Chief. As a narcotics investigator, she was assigned to the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force. As a lieutenant, she developed and commanded the department’s first gang unit.
During her tenure with Tacoma Police, she also led several initiatives. Under her guidance, the department became the first stand-alone police department to receive CART (Child Abduction Response Team) Certification. She also oversaw the department receiving its first accreditation certificate (and later, successful re-certification) from CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
She was instrumental in implementing many of the pillars of the 21st Century Policing initiative, working to build trust between police and communities of color, and brought that philosophy to her role as Chief of Police in Tigard.
In her first nine months with this department, she and her Command Staff developed a three-year Strategic Plan to clearly lay out goals and future direction for the Tigard Police Department, which factored in employee and community surveys, industry best practices, crime trends, response times, staffing levels, overtime spending, case clearance and community outreach efforts. Since then, Tigard Police has already accomplished many of the plan’s goals, including achieving accreditation from the Oregon Accreditation Alliance.
Chief McAlpine has also focused on getting to know the Tigard community by hosting police open houses in 2017 and 2019. She regularly hosts Chat with the Chief events, both in-person and online, giving members of the community direct access to ask her questions and learn more about the department. She’s also known for being highly engaged and having an open-door policy within the department, encouraging feedback from all employees.
Chief McAlpine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College and an Executive Certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). She is also a 2011 graduate and former class president of the Northwestern Police Command College.
In 2019, she served as the Washington County Law Enforcement Council Chair. She is on the board of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) as a District 2 Representative and continues to serve on OACP’s Homeless Task Force. She is also a board member of the Oregon Accreditation Alliance and serves on the regional Building Bridges Steering Committee, which focuses on building understanding between police and the communities they serve.
|Commander Robert Rogers
Commander Robert L. Rogers II serves as one of two commanders directly under Police Chief Kathy McAlpine and currently oversees the patrol (operations) division.
He joined the Tigard Police Department in 1997 after being raised in an Air Force family that settled in the Sherwood, Oregon area. Graduating from Sherwood High School in 1985, he followed a family tradition of service by entering the U.S. Army and was stationed in locations along the east coast and in Europe over the course of six years. In 1991, Rogers became a police officer in Arkansas before he returned to Oregon and joined Tigard Police.
Rogers was promoted to sergeant in 2000, to lieutenant in 2006 and to captain in 2009. In the summer of 2016, under a new organizational structure, the assistant chief and captain positions were re-worked into two commander positions. As such, Rogers has served as the division commander for both the operations and services divisions over the years. He also served as the Interim Chief for nine months until Chief McAlpine’s appointment in 2017.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Leo University in Florida, a master’s certificate in Leadership from the University of Virginia, an Executive Certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and is a graduate of the 242nd session of the FBI National Academy. He is a board member and past president of the Oregon Executive Development Institute, as well as an active member of both the Oregon & International Associations of Chiefs of Police and the Oregon Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates.
He can be reached at Robert.Rogers@tigard-or.gov.
|Commander Jamey McDonald
Commander Jamey McDonald serves as one of two commanders directly under Police Chief Kathy McAlpine and currently oversees the services division, which includes detectives, property and evidence, records and professional standards.
He is a lifelong Oregonian who enjoys spending as much time outside as possible. After spending several years working in private business, he decided to act on his calling to serve the community and make a difference and joined the Tigard Police Department as a patrol officer in 2001.
McDonald was promoted to sergeant in 2010, lieutenant in 2014 and commander in 2016. Over the years he has held several assignments within the department, including School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, firearms instructor, patrol sergeant, Commercial Crimes Unit supervisor and patrol lieutenant. He has served as the division commander for both the operations and services divisions over the years and is also a founding member of the Tigard Police Honor Guard.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Regional Planning from Eastern Oregon University, an Executive Certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and is a 2016 graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is active in both the Oregon & International Associations of Chiefs of Police and the FBI National Academy Associates, where he serves as the Oregon Chapter President.
He can be reached at James.McDonald@tigard-or.gov.
|Lieutenant Mike Eskew
Lieutenant Mike Eskew serves as one of three lieutenants within Tigard Police and currently manages swing shift patrol, the Traffic Safety Team and the department’s Community Service Officers.
He was raised in the Pacific Northwest and began his law enforcement career in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a Corrections Specialist stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He later worked at the Oregon State Penitentiary just before joining the Tigard Police Department as a patrol officer in 1997.
Eskew was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2004 and to lieutenant in 2009. Over the years, he has held a number of specialty assignments within the department, including Drug Recognition Expert, School Resource Officer, Force Response / De-escalation Instructor, Tigard Police Honor Guard Coordinator, overseeing the services division of the Criminal Investigative Unit and being a member of the Peer Support Team.
He holds an Executive Certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), where he completed both the police academy and the corrections academy. He is also a graduate of the Oregon Executive Development Institute (OEDI) and a 2014 graduate of the FBI National Academy.
He cherishes time spent with his family and has been told that he is a pretty good salsa dancer!He can be reached at Mike.Eskew@tigard-or.gov.
|Lieutenant Brad Sitton
Lieutenant Brad Sitton serves as one of three lieutenants within Tigard Police and currently manages both day shift and graveyard patrol.
Sitton was promoted to sergeant in 2011 and to lieutenant in 2014. Over the years, he has held a number of specialty assignments within the department, including field training officer, motor officer, firearms instructor and patrol sergeant.
He holds an Executive Certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and is a 2019 graduate of the FBI National Academy. He also serves as the Vice President of the Oregon Executive Development Institute (OEDI).
In his free time, he is an avid and accomplished woodworker!
He can be reached at Brad.Sitton@tigard-or.gov.
|Lieutenant Neil Charlton
Lieutenant Neil Charlton serves as one of three lieutenants within Tigard Police and currently oversees the Investigative, Records and Evidence Units of the Services Division.
He was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2007 and began supervising the Criminal Investigations Unit in 2009. In 2014, he was assigned to supervisory duties with the Transit Police, a multi-agency task force policing the Tri-Met transportation system in the Portland metropolitan area. In 2016, Charlton was promoted again and returned to Tigard as Lieutenant to serve as one of the Watch Commanders for the patrol division. In 2020, he transferred into the Services Division for his current assignment.
Charlton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of both the Oregon Executive Development Institute and the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute. He also holds an Executive Certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).
Having worked in various special assignments throughout his career, he regards his time as a School Resource Officer, working with school staff, students and families, as the most formative of his career as a police officer.
He can be reached at Neil.Charlton@tigard-or.gov.