GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A day-long video conference is bringing together county leaders from all over Oregon to discuss how to pay for law enforcement.
A roomful of people gathered at the Josephine County Commissioners conference room, including attorneys, commissioners and Sheriff Gil Gilbertson.
One of those speaking was Curry County Sheriff John Bishop who says it’s almost impossible to find a way to get the money to offset the loss of O&C timber money. He says his agency is barely hanging on right now.
“We will continue, uh, until there’s none of us left, because there’s no funding left, and that’s unfortunately about six months away,” the Curry County Sheriff stated.
Officials from Washington and Clackamas County pointed to successful efforts to merge agencies and pass levies. Bishop says his county has failed five times in the past 20 years and cites Josephine County as being in a similar situation.