Police Chief Jerry Moore


​Chief Moore is a lifelong Salem area resident and is a graduate of McNary High School and Oregon College of Education (now WOU). Chief Moore has over 39 years of law enforcement experience in Oregon and started his career with the Salem Police Department in 1979. He was appointed Chief in 2005.

Chief Moore is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Oregon Executive Development Institute and Leadership Salem.  He currently serves on the board of Family Building Blocks, the Governor’s Re-Entry Task Force, the State of Oregon Child Welfare Advisory Committee, the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council and the Marion County Children and Families Commission.


Chief Moore’s priorities as a leader of an agency staffed by 190 officers includes:

  • Promote community-wide involvement in keeping our city safe
  • Continue to develop positive relations with all facets of our community
  • Provide public safety guidance in responding to all types of societal issues, including mental illness and homelessness
  • Develop and maintain a professional police force the community can be proud of

Roles and responsibilities

The Police Chief is appointed by the City Manager and is responsible for all law enforcement activities within the city.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensure the public safety needs of the community are met
  • Hire, train, equip and provide leadership to Salem’s police force
  • Preserve the peace and serve the interests of the City
  • Effectively partner and promote positive working relations with other public safety organizations
  • Provide community leadership to a variety of task forces and boards

Roles include:

  • Chief of Police for Salem’s police force
  • Board member or participant in numerous community or professional organizations
  • Salem resident and community member for almost 60 years​

Contact us

Salem Police Chief Jerry MoorePolice Department
555 Liberty St SE RM 130
Salem OR 97301
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