Nonprofit leader: Support Clackamas County sheriff's levy
I founded and operate a nonprofit that serves at-risk youth and young adults in Clackamas County. They work to build environments, maintain parks and open spaces and are often trained to be tour guides and hosts to work in their communities.
Our sheriff's office and programs are seeking additional funds to meet the needs of our times. I have witnessed their efforts and personally interface with probation officers and programs provided by our sheriff. Many of my youth and others are working through their programs. Many of them have received job training and referrals because of our model sheriff's office and its programs.
This county is vast. The needs for health, welfare and safety are a must. As they interact and supervise hundreds of corrections people — doing community service — I found the sheriff's staff and their efforts the most organized in the state.
The pioneering work of now-retired Sheriff Craig Roberts — in establishing the first job referral and assistance program in our nation at the Clackamas County Jail — is something we should all be proud of.
Last fall's wildfires put in motion the most professional response that saved cities such as Oregon City, Canby and parts of Happy Valley from imminent destruction. Our sheriff's mobilization and resources led the way and certainly helped assure a local response. As concern grows for simply incarcerating people at our county jail, we should realize that staff are working to make orderly transition occur as inmates are outbound to new opportunities.
I hope all persons with a concern for livability, liberty and reasonable response to justice will support our Clackamas County Sheriff Levy Measure 3-566 on the May 18 ballot.
Jerry Herrmann is a Gladstone resident and president of Rivers of Life, a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing opportunities for at-risk youth through environmental restoration in the Willamette Valley.
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