County hires new code enforcement officer
Columbia County has a new code enforcement officer.
Derek Fraser was hired to fill the vacant code enforcement position this week after previously serving as a facilities technician with the county.
Fraser was hired in November to join the facilities team, then applied for the code enforcement job.
The county has been without a permanent code enforcement officer since April, when sheriff's deputies raided the home of two county employees — including the former code officer.
An investigation into suspected coercion and misconduct on behalf of the public employees took place and, in August, county officials confirmed they had terminated the employment of the former officer.
Fraser, a 2005 St. Helens High School graduate, is eager to start in his new role.
"I'm actually certified in corrections and patrol," Fraser noted Wednesday. Code enforcement officers aren't required to have law enforcement certification, but he
He's also got a military background, having served with the Army National Guard before coming to work for the county earlier this year. Fraser remains on active duty with the National Guard.
"I used to volunteer with Columbia River Fire & Rescue," Fraser added, noting he has roots in Columbia County and is familiar with many of its public agencies.
Columbia County commissioners approved the facilities department to fill Fraser's position there, noting he accepted the code enforcement offer.
"I just think it's nice that we work really hard at hiring the right people and giving them the opportunity to move forward," Commissioner Henry Heimuller said.
Fraser officially starts in his new role Oct. 1.