Josephine Holds Sheriff Candidate Forum

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — After years of reduced funding and nearly non-existent patrols, the people of Josephine County appear to be taking the election of a new sheriff seriously.

Anne Basker Auditorium had standing room only and three candidates were present at Wednesdays forum to discuss the issues facing the county’s law enforcement and public safety.

The candidates answered questions from a panel and from the public, and each had a different approach to fixing the problems facing the county.

The current sheriff, Gil Gilbertson is running for reelection and is up against current sheriff deputy Ed Vincent, and Grants Pass police officer Dave Daniel.

The candidates discussed the main issues facing the sheriffs office including limited resources and the Josephine County Jail.