Dave Brown says he has 8 years - not 30 - of law enforcement management experience as supervisory deputy

HEIDI TIMMONS PHOTO - Dave Brown, a candidate running for Columbia County sheriff, issued a news release to clarify information printed in the voters pamphlet, after a statement in the pamphlet missated his experience. Dave Brown, a candidate running for Columbia County sheriff, issued a statement earlier this week correcting information printed in the voters' pamphlet.

A candidate summary for Brown indicates he is "the only candidate with over 30 years of experience in law enforcement agency management (to include fiscal management of budgets in the millions)..."

Brown clarified the information Friday. While he does have more than 30 years of experience in the law enforcement field, not all of that has been in a management capacity.

"I was made aware of a mistake in the Voters' Pamphlet," Brown stated in a news release. "The correct information is that I have just over 8 years' experience in law enforcement management, as I've made clear in earlier statements throughout the campaign."

The bulk of Brown's law enforcement management experience came while he worked as a supervisory deputy with the Oregon district of the U.S. Marshals Office, Brown indicated to the Spotlight in June.

He noted Monday evening that the statement in the voters' pamphlet was initially typed by him, then dropped off to the Columbia County clerk's office by a family member on his behalf, as he was out of town.

"At this point, I'm not sure how the error occurred, but I do want to make sure only accurate information is set forth," Brown stated in his news release.

The Columbia County Elections Department notes clearly in the pamphlet that all information provided about each candidate is provided by the candidate and elections department staff do no verify information for accuracy or correct any misspellings or typos.

"I own this one, no one else," Brown told the Spotlight via email. "I went to the county to see if it was them or me and it was me. I checked with the state elections [division] they referred me to the county elections."

The candidate is one of three running for the county sheriff position.

"I sincerely apologize for the oversight," Brown stated.

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