Former Lake Oswego, Oregon Chief of Police, Les Youngbar is a sought after security consultant who helps organizations and corporations create or improve their business continuity plans. He advises on corporate security issues, analyzing appropriate solutions that may require improving procedural, physical and/or technical programs. Les’ corporate security roots reach back into the 1970’s when he was a Portland State University student working as a night sort and load supervisor at UPS. He saw first hand how critical protecting the customers’ goods from damage and theft was to an organization’s success. After graduation, UPS hired him as the company’s first loss prevention manager for Oregon and Idaho. Working with federal and local law enforcement agents, Les investigated corporate security issues.
That position led to a career that spanned 24 years with the Lake Oswego Police Department, starting as a patrol officer then 13 years as Chief of the Lake Oswego Police.
At the request of his City Manager Les spent the last several months of his career working as Lake Oswego’s first Public Safety Director. He had responsibility for Police, Fire and 9-1-1 personnel; working with the Police Chief, Fire Chief and 9-1-1 manager to better coordinate emergency service response, policy coordination, and budget expenditures.
Les received his Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Portland State University and his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College. He is a 1990 graduate of the FBI National Academy. Les served with the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, completing his term as president in 2000. He is currently on the Board of Directors representing the retired chiefs. Other associations include the Oregon Juvenile Justice Committee, the Oregon Public Safety and Policy Council for Attorneys General Kulongoski and Myers, and Governors Kitzhaber and Kulongoski.
After his retirement from law enforcement in December of 2001, Les consulted in both public sector safety and corporate security until he was hired in June of 2004 by NW Natural (Gas) where he worked until February 2011 as the Manager of Business Continuity, Corporate Security and Facilities.
Les has been married for 35 years. He has three children and five grandchildren.