Corbett resource officer role is spared
Multnomah County Sherriff's Office (MCSO) Corbett Community Resource Officer Joe "Rocky" Graziano's position that was originally targeted for elimination due to budget cuts has been saved.
MCSO Sheriff Michael Reese released a video budget statement on Thursday, April 25, stating his department's total budget reduction was decreased by 25%.
"As you may know, MCSO was required to submit a budget reflecting a 3% constraint, which amounted to roughly $4 million," Reese said. "Through revenue enhancements, we were able to reduce this constrain restraint to $3 million."
The reduction in cuts allows the department to keep four safety programs originally scheduled for elimination, and allows the department to maintain funding for its two community resource officers.
Deputy Graziano has served as Corbett's community resource officer since 2008. He started working in Corbett in 2002 as Corbett High School's resource officer.
The department's other designated resource officer patrols Sauvie Island north of downtown Portland.
Citizens started a petition opposing the elimination of Graziano, who said he makes a point of connecting with Corbett community members and learning their needs and concerns.
The petition gathered approximately 900 signatures, said MCSO Public Information Officer Brandon White. Reese hosted two input sessions at the Corbett Fire Hall, and both meetings were packed with Corbett residents opposed to losing their long-running and largely beloved community resource officer.
Graziano writes a monthly community Corbett crime report, and his latest report included a personal "Thank You" statement:
"The community support for this position has been amazing," he wrote. "Your support and appreciation is something that I'll aways keep with me, long after I retire."
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