Just before 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, the sheriff’s office reported a medical emergency involving an inmate housed in the medium security jail.
Cutting the two security positions would have saved the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office $212,572.
“Multnomah County faced a budget shortfall that required difficult cuts,” says Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury.
The new year has seen a spate of violent incidents.
John Christopher Marsh allegedly threatened to snap another inmate’s neck at the downtown Portland jail.
“If we don’t have court running it’s hard for us to keep our jail population in balance,” says MCSO spokesman Sgt. Brandon White.
A Multnomah County Circuit judge rejects the county’s attempt to silence a former top aide to ex-Sheriff Dan Staton.
In a $76,000 lawsuit, Martinez alleges that police mistook him for a suspect who had vandalized a car days before.