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Scott Anderson: Candidate works to find effective solutions consistent with the values of citizens

As the chief of police for Happy Valley from 2016-2021, I had the pleasure of working with Ana Sarish on many projects and committees.

I always found Ana to be dedicated and thoughtful. I trust her judgement and her dedication to service.Scott Anderson

I first met Ana as a member of the Traffic and Public Safety Committee, where she still serves. I found she had a deep curiosity for the issues that affected public safety in Happy Valley. She was a strong advocate for citizen concerns and brought compassion and wisdom to the committee.

I later met Ana as the president of the Happy Valley Business Alliance and as a member of the United Community Alliance. She served all these committees well, but I was most impressed with her willingness to hear all sides of an issue and encourage collaboration.

Ana consistently raises the level of discussion, including a variety of perspectives and community values. She proved to be a valuable resource when I needed help reaching into the business community or one of our minority communities, but she also has deep roots in education and the city as a whole.

Ana's longtime dedication to the citizens of Happy Valley is an example of how to be a good citizen. Her calm, academic demeanor and ability to foster collaboration will serve her well on the city council.

Ana is not afraid to ask hard questions.

Shortly after George Floyd was killed in Minnesota and the social unrest that followed, Ana came to me with some hard questions. She was genuinely curious about police procedures and attitudes, and she was a strong voice for the citizens of Happy Valley. Her ability to explore the issue without raising the temperature led to some great conversations about policing minority communities, uses of force and police accountability.

Neither Ana nor Happy Valley Police wanted to see anything like the events in Minnesota repeated in Oregon and our conversations helped me review our policies and communicate our values with the community.

In 2019, Happy Valley Police needed to renew the Public Safety Levy to maintain police services. Ana helped spearhead a committee to explore police funding in Happy Valley. She weighed crime statistics with projected population growth, cost to citizens and community values. She helped Happy Valley select a levy rate that provided continued police services that would increase with population, assuring continued safety and security, while being fiscally responsible. Once the levy amount was proposed, Ana continued to work on the public education campaign. To this day, Happy Valley maintains a very low crime rate and a very high level of police services and Ana was instrumental in passing the levy that makes those things possible.

Whether it's on a public safety committee, the business alliance, or discussing complex issues like policing and race, I have always found Ana to be genuinely interested in learning all perspectives and finding an effective solution that is consistent with the values of the citizens of Happy Valley. I can't think of a better person to serve on Happy Valley City Council.

Scott Anderson has retired as the chief of the Happy Valley Police Department.

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