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A familiar face around Corbett, the popular deputy replaces Rocky Graziano who retired

COURTESY PHOTO: JOSEPH KAISER  - With more than 18 years experience in law enforcement, Multnomah County Sheriffs Deputy Joseph Kaiser will take on the duties as community resource officer for Corbett and surrounding areas starting Monday, Jan. 11.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Kaiser has been named as the top cop for the Corbett area and will start his new position Monday, Jan. 11.

Kaiser is no stranger to Corbett and the surrounding communities. He was the school resource officer for the Corbett School District until schools were shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic and has since returned to patrol duty.

"I'm excited to continue the venture" with people in the Corbett and Columbia Gorge area, he told The Outlook.

The feeling is mutual.

"I am very happy that Deputy Kaiser will be our new Community Resource Officer! Joe has been out in our area as both traffic and SRO (school resource officer)," said Victoria Purvine, president of the Northeast Multnomah County Community Association.

Purvine said people in the Corbett area trust Kaiser, "which is key in today's world."

Kaiser has been in law enforcement for more than 18 years and also served in the U.S. Air Force for four and a half years.

The Damascus resident has been married for 35 years, has three grown children and four grandchildren. He describes himself as a "family guy" and likes outdoor activities such as snowmobiling. He's also a musician and plays drums.

Kaiser has had fun with his relatives looking into the roots and branches of his huge family and found that one of his cousins was actor and singer Carl Switzer, who famously portrayed Alfalfa in the 1920s comedy short films, "Our Gang."

Kaiser has served in law enforcement in various roles, with some time out to work in the technology industry. He was an officer in Turner, Ore., and moved to work in the Fairview Police Department in 2009.

He was a Fairview police officer until that agency was folded into the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in 2017.

"The transfer to MCSO is the best thing that ever happened in my professional life," he said, adding he likes the agency, the access to greater resources and being "held to a higher standard."

Kaiser replaces MCSO Deputy Joe "Rocky" Graziano who spent 11 years serving the Corbett and Gorge areas.

"When Rocky retired, I immediately put in for the job. It's a good fit for me," he said. "It's a great community and there is lots of diversity out here."

Purvine describes Kaiser as "outgoing, easy to talk to, and (he) understands rural communities have some of the same, but also different concerns, than urban areas. I believe he will be a good fit for our community."

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