Dave Benson was appointed as the Parking Services Group Manager in August of 2015. In this role, he oversees the Parking Enforcement, Parking Operations and Regulatory Divisions. Prior to joining PBOT, Dave worked at the Portland Police Bureau for over three decades. During his career, he served in a variety of leadership roles. Most notably, he was the supervising commanding officer of Police Bureau divisions including: Central and Southeast Precincts, the Drugs and Vice Division, the Tactical Operations Division and the Training and Education Unit. Dave also played a prominent part in ensuring that police bureaus throughout the state had a robust pipeline of future recruits. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the state director of the Oregon Police Corps, an ROTC-like scholarship program for college students aspiring to be police officers.
Outside of the workplace, Dave has been a volunteer athletic coach and, for over 20 years, an adjunct faculty member at a number of area colleges and universities teaching courses ranging from law enforcement surveys to strategic planning and budgeting.
Dave has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon and a Master of Public Administration degree from Portland State University.