Chief & Command Staff

The Office of the Chief provides direction for the police department through planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting and budgeting activities of the department.  The main goal is to provide the leadership necessary to direct the efficient and effective administration of the department in a manner that is consistent with the department’s  mission, values and goals.  Primary objectives are responsiveness to citizen concerns, accountability, positive community relations, and positive employee relations.  A management analyst and administrative secretary provide the support necessary for the Office of the Chief to meet goals and objectives.

Chief Lewis

Richard L. Lewis, Chief

Chief Richard Lewis has lived in the Springfield area for over 35 years.  Having lived here as a child and then moving with his family to Sherwood, Oregon, he graduated from Sherwood High School.  After graduation Lewis moved back to the area.  He attended both Lane Community College and George Fox College, receiving an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management.  Lewis is involved with the local Salvation Army, City Club & coaches Special Olympics.  Member of OACP & NTOA.

  • 1982-1983 Reserve Officer
  • 1983-1987 Patrol Officer
  • 1987-1999 Detective
  • 1986-2017 SWAT Team Member, Supervisor & Commander
  • 2000 Promoted to Captain
  • Investigations & Patrol Bureau
  • Supervised the Implementation of the Municipal Jail
  • 2008 FBI Nation Academy
Lt. Rappe'

Tom Rappe’, Lieutenant – Investigations

Lieutenant Rappe’ is a lifelong Oregonian.  He graduated from Lebanon High School and attended Oregon State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.  In 2006 he also received a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Boston University.  Lt. Rappe’ has worked at the Springfield Police Department for 24 years.  During his career he has spent 13 years on the SWAT Team, 11 years as a Detective and 8 years as a Sergeant.  

George Crolly, Lieutenant – Patrol

Lieutenant Crolly has lived in the Springfield area for over 23 years and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.  Since being hired by SPD in 1998, Lieutenant Crolly has worked in various assignments, including Patrol Officer, Detective, and Sergeant.  Lieutenant Crolly has been a member of SPD SWAT team for over 19 years.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Portland State University.  

Lt. Neiwert

Matt Neiwert, Lieutenant – Detention

Lieutenant Neiwert has lived in Springfield for over 21 years.  He spent one year at Linfield College, before transferring to Northwest Christian College, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  Lieutenant Neiwert began his law enforcement career with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, working at the Lane County Jail for about two years.  Lt. Neiwert has worked at the Springfield Police Department for over 21 years.  During his career he worked as a Patrol Officer, the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Thurston High School, spent eight years as a Detective, 18 years as Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) instructor, 13 years on the SWAT Team, 5 years as a Hostage/Crisis Negotiator, and two years as a Patrol Sergeant.