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Portland's woman chief quits

Only last year Penny Harrington of Portland, Ore., earned a mention in history, when she capped 22 years in law enforcement by being named the first female chief of a major police force in the U.S. Last week she resigned as head of the Portland police bureau, after an investigating commission called for her ouster, charging that "defects of leadership" had irretrievably cost her the confidence of her 760-member command.

Harrington, 44, had been buffeted by crises almost from the day Mayor Bud Clark appointed her. The three-man commission, initiated by Clark, criticized her management style, as well as her insensitivity...

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