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BEND, OR -- Bend’s new Police Chief, Mike Krantz, is now on the job. His selection generated questions and criticism because he comes from the Portland Police Bureau. Deschutes county D-A John Hummel challenged the appointment pointing to the use of tear gas and non-lethal munitions against Portland protesters. Krantz says he has never met Hummel although they spoke by phone a couple weeks ago. He says they agreed to work together to help the community. Krantz also says he faces internal and external challenges. He says he needs to get to know his department and the community and at the same time form working relationships.

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