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 Shearer

Andrew Shearer, Chief

Chief Andrew Shearer began his public safety career in 1992 with the Portland Police Bureau. During his tenure he worked a variety of patrol, investigative, and administrative assignments and rose through the ranks of Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Commander, and Assistant Chief of Police, prior to his retirement in 2020.

During his early career he served as a community policing officer, neighborhood liaison officer, field training officer, instructor, investigator, and tactical team member.  As a sergeant he led uniform patrol officers at two precincts and was later assigned to the Tactical Operations Division as team leader for the tactical unit, directing the response to high-risk incidents across the city.

As a Lieutenant he was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police, serving as Executive Officer for both the Operations Branch Assistant Chief and the Community Services Branch Assistant Chief and later as the Adjutant/Chief of Staff for the Chief of Police.

As Commander of the Tactical Operations Division, he worked in close collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Violence Prevention, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other state, local, and federal partners in the effort to reduce gun violence and the long-lasting trauma it leaves behind in our communities. He improved interagency collaboration, utilization of cutting-edge technologies, and enhancement of data analysis capabilities to drive strategy.  He also served as lead critical incident commander for the city.

As Assistant Chief of Police he led the Investigations Branch, overseeing the operations of the Detective Division, Family Services Division, Narcotics and Organized Crime, Property Evidence Division, Tactical Operations Division, Forensic Evidence Division, and Transit Division.

Chief Shearer is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Portland State University and holds a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Charleston.

He has received numerous commendations and awards during his service to include Distinguished Service Medals, Unit Commendation Medals (2 With Valor), and the Achievement Medal.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the Portland Police Sunshine Division, an emergency food and clothing service provider and also volunteers with “Team Rubicon”, a veteran based disaster relief agency.  He has enjoyed raising awareness for and supporting the athletes of Special Olympics Oregon for many years.

Chief Shearer promotes a leadership style that is collaborative, inclusive, authentic, and focused on partnership with community and public safety stakeholders.

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.