Opinion: Happy Valley Police Department name is misleading
Over the past year I have been in close contact with the entire Happy Valley City Council regarding its municipal police department.
Most citizens of Happy Valley believe that we have our own autonomous police force. Oh, no! Neither the mayor, city council, nor the city manager can hire, fire or discipline its own officers. Crazy? I know! The Happy Valley Police Department is simply a branch of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Instead of simply contracting with the county for police services, the City Council in its infinite wisdom has decided to pretend as though we have an independent police force. We don't. We get a police department regulated entirely by the county.
Are you a progressive and want police reform? Then email the city! Are you a conservative who believes in home rule and lower taxes? Then email the city! They won't listen to me. Maybe they will listen to you.
Brian Fitzgerald is a resident of Happy Valley, which contracts with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.
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