Baffled by County Sheriff Craig Roberts' decisions
I'm baffled by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts' recent announcements.
First Sheriff Roberts challenges the Clackamas Board of County Commissioners for supposedly creating a future financial crisis by currently spending more than the county is receiving in revenues.
Then the sheriff decides his office will no longer provide warrant confirmations or data entry for outside agencies due to budgeting restraints. A service the Sheriff's Office has provided for decades and is partially paid by taxpayers who also live within city limits.
Finally, the sheriff announces the creation of his own search-and-rescue (SAR) unit while suspending the use of highly trained volunteers costing the Sheriff's Office and county taxpayers an estimate of a million dollars or more, which he does not have. Having volunteered in my youth doing SAR throughout the Northwest I know the dedication the participants have. They do it because they enjoy helping others even though they donate countless volunteer hours a year training and spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on equipment to save others. I would like you to join me in asking Sheriff Roberts to reverse his decision and to work closer with all of the SAR groups.
Candidates line up to replace Roberts
I have been closely following the current search-and-rescue (SAR) situation with CCSO. I have asked all three candidates currently campaigning for sheriff (Lynn Schoenfeld, Brian Jensen and Angela Brandenburg) the same question. I wanted to know what their plans were for the future of SAR.
Schoenfeld was honest and straightforward, expressing his full support of SAR. He believes they are an amazing asset to Clackamas County and that we should NOT be spending more taxpayer money on building our own SAR team from scratch.
Brandenburg would not reply to my question in writing, and would only discuss it in a private meeting.
Jensen brushed me off at first, but several days later gave a long drawn-out answer, repeating all the same stuff the current sheriff has said. Jensen said he plans to continue forward with Roberts' plan. He says he has the ability to work with these groups and find a compromise. (But he hasn't been able to work with these groups up until now as a SAR deputy so why should we believe that he suddenly will as sheriff?) I've watched their pages for a while now. Schoenfeld is open and honest, giving fully transparent and straight-forward information. Jensen's posts feel fake and full of PR nonsense. Brandenburg has spent her time talking about all the women who support her.
Please do your research and vote in the primary election! Pay attention to the issues these candidates stand for. Don't fall for buzz words, fake PR and gender bias. This county is desperately in need of some change in leadership. The sheriff's office used to be something we could be proud of, but now it is full of egos and PR nonsense. Let's bring it back to something we can be proud of. Vote for Lynn Schoenfeld for Clackamas County sheriff.
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