Three file so far for sheriff
Three people have filed to run for Columbia County sheriff in November.
Brian Pixley, a lieutenant who currently works for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, along with Jim Gibson of Clatskanie, a former lieutenant in the county jail who now works as a private investigator, and Dave Brown, whose background includes a deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service and, most recently, a security deputy at the county courthouse, have all filed candidate paperwork for the position.
Candidates have until Aug. 28 to file for the vacant sheriff position, which is currently being filled on an interim basis by Chief Deputy Steve Salle. Salle, a former St. Helens police chief, will remain acting sheriff until voters elect someone who takes office in January.
This isn't the first time Pixley, Gibson and Brown have vied for the sheriff position.
In May, each applied for the interim sheriff job in hopes of being appointed by the county commissioners. After advertising for the open position, reviewing four candidate applications and interviewing each applicant, commissioners did the unexpected and instead allowed outgoing Sheriff Jeff Dickerson to appoint a chief deputy.
The sheriff position wasn't scheduled to be up for election until 2020, but Dickerson announced his intent to retire early back in late April.
Pixley says he filed for office because "our county needs a strong, experienced leader with a vision for improving the Columbia County Sheriff's Office."
"I have 15 years of law enforcement experience in Columbia County and am the only candidate currently certified in both Police and Corrections, holding an executive level certification in both," the lieutenant added via email.
Gibson, who spent 27 years as a corrections deputy, says CCSO "needs new leadership that will continue to focus on responding to the needs of people in time of crisis while at the same time taking a new direction of being more open, accessible, and a positive role model for others to follow."
Brown says he investigated fraud, waste, abuse, and internal affairs with the U.S. Treasury Department and now seeks to move the Sheriff's Office forward with new leadership.
"While the majority of men and women at the Sheriff's Office do good work with limited resources, it is time to restore community trust by moving the agency forward, which absolutely requires a Sheriff from outside the organization," Brown stated.