Chief Pete Kerns - Short Bio

Chief Pete Kerns

Pete Kerns assumed duties as the Chief of Police for the Eugene Police

Department in October, 2008.  He has served the City of Eugene Police

Department in a variety of disciplines for more than 30 years.  He

began his career as a reserve police officer in 1981, was hired as a full

time officer in 1983, and subsequently worked as a patrol officer until

he was promoted to agent in 1989.  While in Patrol he was a member

of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, the Fatal Accident

Investigations Team, the Defensive Instructors Team, and was one of

the department’s Field Training Officers.  He was assigned to the

Property Crimes Unit in 1990, then transferred as a detective to the

Lane County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) where

he was promoted to sergeant in 1995 and supervised the interagency

team.   In 1999, he was promoted to lieutenant and served as the

Eugene Police Department’s West Sector commander and as a watch

commander.  In 2003, he became the Special Operations Section’s

commander in charge of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team

(SWAT) and the Crowd Control Team, with responsibilities including

management of the Explosive Disposal Unit, Crisis Negotiation Team,

Firearms Program, Honor Guard, Traffic Enforcement Unit, School

Resource Team, and Patrol K9 Team.  Throughout his career, Chief

Kerns has worked with community groups, neighborhoods and

business associations to promote safety through problem oriented,

neighborhood based community policing.