Chief of Police - Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips
Chief of Police
On Dec. 5 Wilsonville City Manager Bryan Cosgrove and Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts appointed Lieutenant Adam Phillips to serve as the City of Wilsonville’s new Chief of Police. Chief Phillips replaces former Chief of Police Jeff Smith, who is being promoted to Captain of the Detectives Unit for Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).

City Manager Bryan Cosgrove explains, “We are excited to welcome Chief Phillips to our community. Lt. Phillips has an extensive background in law enforcement, including prior experience working in Wilsonville. The city is fortunate to be able to draw from such a deep bench within the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. I also want to acknowledge Chief Smith’s contributions to our community during his tenure, and wish him well in his new position.”

The newly-appointed Chief Phillips has 20 years of professional law enforcement experience all of which has been with the CCSO. Most recently Chief Phillips served as Lieutenant in the Patrol Division for the Sheriff’s Office, supervising as many as five sergeants and 20 deputies in the performance of their patrol duties. While at CCSO over the past two decades Phillips has served in the role of Public Information Officer, Detective Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, Detective, Motor Traffic Enforcement and as a Patrol Deputy.

While working for CCSO Chief Phillips has earned numerous law enforcement certifications and completed various trainings from the State of Oregon’s Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and other organizations including: Mid-Level Managers Certificate, Supervisory Certificate, International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute, Supervisors Academy, Detectives Academy, Use of Force Instructor School, Crisis Intervention Team, First Responder to Traffic Collisions, Drug Law Enforcement School for Patrol Officers, Domestic Violence Investigation and Crisis Intervention Training.

“I’m grateful to serve as Chief for the Wilsonville Police. Working closely with the City, its citizens, and our Police Department to keep Wilsonville as safe as possible was my primary draw for being here. Captain Smith has left us with a great example to follow, and I will bring my experience and professionalism to keep that forward, positive momentum going. It’s a great opportunity to be part of a growing Police Department in a vibrant, expanding city! ” explained Chief Phillips.

Chief Phillips started his law enforcement career as a Patrol Deputy for CCSO in 1996 after a career as a special education teacher in the Portland area. Chief Phillips graduated from The Evergreen State College earning a Bachelor of Arts and also attended Portland State University where he earned an Oregon Teaching Certificate. Chief Phillips is a graduate of Benson Polytechnic High School. He is married with two children. You’ll find him exercising his 2 dogs, cooking, fishing, or at the gym away from work.

As Wilsonville’s Chief of Police, Phillips leads a staff of 19 full-time law enforcement professionals who are employed by CCSO, but are assigned full-time to Wilsonville. The City of Wilsonville finds the long-term relationship of contracting for law enforcement with CCSO to be more cost-effective and provides a better array of services than the City is able to provide independently.