KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Across Southern Oregon, newly-elected officials are being sworn into their positions.
Among those are Klamath County’s two new commissioners and a new sheriff. It was an overflow crowd as Sheriff Frank Skrah, and Commissioners Tom Mallams and Jim Belet took oaths of office this morning.
Skrah replaces Tim Evinger, who stepped down. He says, first thing, he’s dropping the electronic reporting of crime in favor of someone talking on the phone.
“When you report a crime, we will have a deputy at your door, and one of those fine men and women from Klamath County Sheriff’s Department will be there; will do a complete investigation and will follow through. We will get the 2% that’s committing about 60% of the crime,” Skrah said.
Skrah says better budgeting and long term financial stability are a top goal for his administration. Tom Mallams and Jim Belet join Dennis Linthicum on the board of commissioners, giving the board a more conservative make-up than recent years.