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Officer James Wolfer, a Newberg High grad who holds a master's degree, has been in law enforcement since 2010.

COURTESY PHOTO: SHERWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT - Sherwood Police Officer James Wolfer takes over the new School Resource Officer position with the Sherwood School District. The Sherwood School District has announced it has named its newest School Resource Officer, also known as an SRO.

Effective Nov. 1, Sherwood Police Officer James Wolfer takes the helm at the district, filling the role following its vacancy in April 2020.

While the actual cost of the hiring has not been announced (at press time), the school district pays half of the SRO's salary from the district's general fund budget with both the city and school district pitching in equally to fund the position, according to Christine Andregg, who is with the district.

According to the district, Wolfer began his career as a police officer in 2010.

The district, in a news release, said that prior to his current position with the Sherwood Police Department, Wolfer had previously worked for two other Oregon police departments, in addition to serving in federal law enforcement in the Coast Guard Reserve, where he has served as a Maritime Enforcement Specialist since 2012.

Wolfer joined the Sherwood Police Department as a reserve officer in January 2020. Wolfer, who went to full-time police work in December of 2020, is a graduate of Newberg High School and George Fox University.

He received a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.

In the district news release, Wolfer was quoted as saying, "I became a police officer to make the world, and my community, a safer place."

Wolfer continued, "I was drawn to the SRO position because I remember the SROs I had in my own high school and the positive impact they had on my life. I'm excited to build positive relationships within the school community with students and staff, and I look forward to the opportunity to keep school a mentally, emotionally and physically safe place for students to learn and thrive."

Sherwood School District superintendent Heather Cordie was quoted as saying, "We are eager to welcome Officer Wolfer to the Sherwood School District family, and I know that the relationships he will build with our students, staff and families will benefit our community as a whole."

Cordie noted, "I am grateful to the Sherwood Police Department for their partnership and collaboration during the hiring process for this position."

The last SRO was Officer Arturo Garcia, who worked in that role during the 2019-2020 school year. When COVID shut down schools, Garcia went back into patrol work.

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