Vetting a new sheriff
Marion County Board of Commissioners announced that it is preparing to select an interim replacement for Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers, who will officially retire from the department on June 30.
Myers, who announced his intention to retire at the beginning of the year, reportedly has accepted a training and lobbying position with the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.
Marion County BOC said it has been accepting applications since May 13, which are being reviewed with the intention of installing an interim sheriff to serve until voters can elect a new one.
"Public safety is a priority for Marion County. We have appreciated the creative and collaborative public safety initiatives championed by Sheriff Jason Myers," said Commissioner Kevin Cameron, the board chair. "Marion County is recognized throughout the state for its innovative programs and our goal is to continue this work. The recruitment process is open and designed to find the most qualified leader to ensure a seamless transition for the sheriff's office."
Myers became the county's interim Sheriff in 2008 following the resignation of Russ Isham. He was subsequently thrice elected to four-year terms, most recently in 2018.
Oregon State Sheriff's Association said Myers, 50, has been in law enforcement since age 18 when he became summer park cadet for the county. He participated the Marion County Reserve Deputy Program and 1990 he became a full-time deputy.
During his 28 years at MCSO, Myers served as a patrol deputy, field training deputy, judicial security deputy, school resource officer, detective, patrol sergeant, narcotics detective sergeant, administrative lieutenant, operations division commander and undersheriff prior to becoming sheriff.