Deputy Chief Shawn Adams


AIC Deputy Chief Shawn Adams has a notable 27 years of experience encompassing many different areas of policing. Deputy Chief Adams came to Eugene from the Salem Police Department initially as a captain, before becoming AIC deputy chief. During his tenure at Salem Police Department, Adams moved up the ranks from police officer, to corporal, then sergeant, and has spent 11 years serving as a lieutenant. Adams has a strong operational background and impressive resume. Of special note: the numerous years he has served as the Emergency Operations group commander. This operations group consists of SWAT, CNT, Explosives Disposal Unit, and Rapid Deployment unit teams. He has also served in the Criminal Investigations Division, overseeing person and property crimes, gang enforcement, and their crime lab. Captain Adams joined EPD on November 18, 2019, and was assigned to the Investigations Division. In 2022, he became acting  in charge deputy chief before his appointment to deputy chief in 2023.