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With elimination of undersheriff, CCSO will now rely on separate staff to oversee jail, enforcement divisions

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office will see the addition of a new enforcement captain position, likely in lieu of an undersheriff.

Sheriff Jeff Dickerson made the request to county commissioners to approve the addition of a new, non-union classified position within the department.

The newly approved captain position comes after the Sheriff's Office removed its

former undersheriff from the position and never replaced him.

"The new Enforcement Captain position reflects the ongoing restructure of the Sheriff's Office to more closely tie administrative functions to

the mission of the various

divisions," Dickerson explained.

As described, the enforcement captain will be responsible for "planning, organizing, supervising and directing" the Sheriff's Office enforcement division.

Since 2016, several positions have been re-classified and staff shuffled around, with at least two investigations into policy violations by CCSO staff, including the former undersheriff and a lieutenant who remains under internal investigation.

"With the Jail's revitalization after the passage of the levy, it has become much more regimented and effective with a command structure of a Jail Commander and a lieutenant serving as jail administration and sergeants serving as front-line supervisors," Dickerson noted. "Now, the enforcement division, with its various responsibilities, new programs and the added dimension of the service contract in Clatskanie has a mirror image to the jail: with a Captain and a lieutenant administering the division and sergeants serving as frontline supervisors."

Dickerson added that CCSO "didn't have the resources or reason"to have that chain of command when there was an undersheriff in place, but said under the reorganization, both the enforcement and jail operations will each have a commander.

Currently, Jon Kinsel has been appointed to serve as the enforcement captain, with Tony Weaver serving as commander of jail operations.

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