Sheriffs Lose Battle in Salem over Handgun Licenses

Oregon's sheriffs have lost their battle in the Legislature to hide who's getting concealed-handgun licenses, says Sen. Ginny Burdick, an opponent of their proposal. The Southwest Portland Democrat says House Bill 2727 (PDF) lacked enough support on the Senate floor and effectively died yesterday when it went to the Senate Rules Committee instead. Oregonian editorial page editor Bob Caldwell ...   More
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Sheriff Bob Skipper Fails Certification Tests

As you may remember, the state Legislature drafted an amendment this spring to spare Multnomah County Sheriff Bob Skipper from attending basic police training, which includes physical tests. But they attached only one requirement: that Skipper, 70, pass an academic course designed for career officers. Skipper got word yesterday that he failed that course, earning a 66 percent average on three ...   More
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Get Out of Jail: 'Emergency Releases' are Back (Updated with Ted Wheeler Comment)

After a 15-month lull, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reported this week they were once again forced to release prisoners because local jails were full. The sheriff's office let 30 prisoners walk free in the past week: 10 on June 14, and 20 on June 16. Twelve of those prisoners were arrested for property crimes like identity theft and car theft. Another 12 were arrested for drug crimes ...   More
Friday, June 19, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

First Contender to Replace Sheriff Bob Skipper: Bruce McCain

News that Multnomah County Sheriff Bob Skipper may be out of office in November has prompted speculation about who will replace him. Well, we have our first official candidate: Bruce McCain. McCain, a retired captain with the sheriff's office, told WW today he'll run in a special election to replace Skipper if Skipper fails to meet a state requirement to become certified as a police officer ...   More
Monday, August 24, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Staton Appointed Interim Sheriff (Over Randy Leonard's Pick)

It felt like a coronation when Multnomah County commissioners this morning unanimously voted to appoint county Sheriff's Lt. Dan Staton as the interim sheriff. But there was an interesting political back story behind that unanimous vote, a decision that touched off an eruption of applause from several dozen sheriff's office staffers in the room. Afterward, Staton (pictured above) stood by the door ...   More
Thursday, October 1, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

What A Grand Jury Thinks About Multnomah County Corrections

In what's become the equivalent of a yearly spanking for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, a special grand jury today rolled out its annual report (PDF) on the local jail system. Like previous reports, this year's assessment blasted the county-run jail system as hugely wasteful and inefficient. But unlike past years, where the grand jury was heavily critical of particular leaders (including ...   More
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 JAMES PITKIN


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