Eugene Police is pleased to announce the hiring of Captain Shawn Adams and the promotion of Captain Eric Klinko.
Captain Adams has a notable 24 years of experience encompassing many different areas of policing. He comes to Eugene from the Salem Police Department. During his tenure at Salem Police, Captain Adams moved up the ranks from police officer, corporal, to sergeant, and has spent the last 11 years serving as a lieutenant. Adams has a strong operational background and impressive resume. Of special note is the numerous years he has served as the Emergency Operations Group commander. This operations group consists of SWAT, Crisis Negotiation Team, Explosives Disposal Unit, and Rapid Deployment Unit. 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 Monday, November 18, 2019, and is assigned to the Investigations Division.
Captain Eric Klinko has been employed with the Eugene Police Department since 1996, and was promoted to captain on March 12, 2019. Captain Klinko earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business from Western Oregon University. He started his career with the Lynnwood Washington Police Department in January of 1995, before joining EPD in 1996. Captain Klinko, who has spent most of his career working in the Patrol Division, was promoted to sergeant in 2006 and to lieutenant in 2011. As a lieutenant, he has served as a watch commander, Downtown lieutenant, Patrol executive officer and Special Operations lieutenant. Captain Klinko was promoted to captain March 12, 2019 and currently oversees the Patrol Division, which includes: Uniformed Patrol Officers, Traffic Safety Unit , K9 Team, Street Crimes Unit, Airport Team, SWAT, Crisis Negotiations Team, Explosives Disposal Unit, Drone Response Team, and other programs including In-car video (ICV) system, and In-vehicle computer systems.