Adams stays involved in department

Madras Police Chief Tom Adams, who has served as chief since 2002, has been on medical leave since early in the year.

Adams, who said he's dealing with back issues, checks in with the police department staff on an almost daily basis. "I have my hand on the pulse of the department," he noted.

In Adams' absence, City Administrator Gus Burril said that Assistant Chief Tanner Stanfill has stepped up to cover Adams' duties.

"Tom is maintaining communication with Tanner and myself, and making sure he's got oversight, and operations are continuing for the department," said Burril. "That coordination's been regular."

In a letter to the editor this week, Adams thanked his staff "for their excellence in carrying on with the daily business during my temporary absence," and the community for "all the good thoughts."

He said he expects to return to full duties in the near future.

Adams was involved with the move from the old city hall and police station to the new location on Fourth and E streets in mid-January, but has been out for several months.

In late February, he attended a City Council workshop to help the city decide where to make staffing cuts in order to balance the city's budget. Following the workshop, the City Council cut two police officer positions, which will take effect July 1.

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