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Posted on: April 10, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Meet Chief and new Deputy Chief for Coffee & Conversation


Join Chief Skinner and new Deputy Chief Jepson for 

some Starbucks coffee and conversation

Starbucks, 65 Oakway Center, Eugene

3-5 p.m. on April 17

Chief Chris Skinner and new Deputy Chief Stacy Jepson will be at Starbucks, 65 Oakway Center, on April 17, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please join them for a cup of coffee or tea and some good conversation.

Deputy Chief Jepson started on April 1 and Chief Skinner is marking his one-year anniversary as chief of EPD.

Chief Chris Skinner

Chief Chris Skinner became Eugene’s police chief on April 30, 2018. Previously Chief Skinner served as Richland, Washington’s, chief of police since 2011. He began his public safety career in Oregon with the Monmouth Police Department where he served as a reserve officer from 1989 to 1991, until he was hired as a full time patrol officer for Philomath Police Department. He worked for Benton County Sheriff’s Office from 1993 to 2001, where he rose to the rank of sergeant and served throughout the county, including with Oregon State University.

During his tenure with the Hillsboro Police Department from 2001 to 2011, Chief Skinner moved up the ranks from police lieutenant, to commander, and then deputy chief. While there, he had the opportunity to work with diverse populations and initiated a Domestic Violence Response Team to better serve victims of domestic abuse in the community.

In Richland, Chief Skinner focused on growing the police department’s communication and community policing efforts while implementing data-driven initiatives to reduce crime. He served as a co-chair of the Tri-City Coalition against Trafficking and the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Taskforce against the Trafficking of Humans. Within his department, he also created an Internet Crimes against Children taskforce.

Chief Skinner is a founding co-chair of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chief’s Public Trust Committee, which uses 21st Century Policing to guide work aimed at building trust between public safety agencies and communities across Washington.
Chief Skinner earned a master’s degree in business administration from George Fox University and a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and psychology from Western Oregon University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Deputy Chief Stacy Jepson

Deputy Chief Jepson has a notable 23 years of experience encompassing many different areas of policing. She comes to Eugene from Hillsboro Police Department. During her tenure there, Jepson moved up the ranks from police officer, to sergeant, lieutenant and then commander of patrol operations.

Jepson has a strong operational background and has been instrumental in building teams such as Street Crimes, Interagency Gang Enforcement Team, and the regional TriMet team.


Before working for Hillsboro, Jepson worked for 19 months as a police officer for Sherwood Police Department in Oregon. She went to school at Western Oregon University where she played basketball and later coached, and Lane Community College where she was on the basketball team.

Jepson is married and has three sons, ages three to seven.

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