Oregon News; Clarno Begins Secretary of State Post

Friday, April 5, 2019

Oregon Needs 500 Men and Women in Law Enforcement

The 2019 Oregon Law Enforcement Career Fair opened with great success with more than 500 individuals in attendance in the first two hours.

The Oregon Law Enforcement Career Fair is being held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE (just off Interstate 5 and Highway 22) in Salem this Friday, April 5, 2019 and Saturday, April 6, 2019 on both days from 10 am to 2 pm.  More than three dozen agencies are in attendance from agencies around the state.

The career fair is held through a partnership between the Oregon Association of Chief of Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Peace Officers Association, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and Oregon’s 208 law enforcement agencies.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said “across Oregon, city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies are looking to hire men and women from diverse backgrounds who are problem solvers interested in engaging with community members to help make communities safe.  With baby boomers retiring, there are more than 200 vacancies today and another 300 planned over the next six months as more than 1,000 currently employed police, corrections and parole and probation officers and 9-1-1 operators around Oregon reach retirement age.”

Gabliks said “we are very pleased with the turnout and interest of attendees.  The career fair allows interested applicants, and their friends and family members, to meet representatives from various agencies and find out about the various career opportunities available that range from police, corrections and parole and probation officers; 9-1-1 operators; lab and evidence technicians; crime analysts; forensic chemists; nurses; and many others.  Specialties such as K-9, explosives technicians, marine patrol, tactical, and motor patrol are also on hand to answer questions and display their equipment.”

Those who cannot attend the career fair in person can access a statewide law enforcement careers webpage OregonPoliceJobs.com  

Gabliks said “The OregonPoliceJobs.com webpage is an amazing tool that will help get the word out on what law enforcement positions both sworn and technical that are available around the state at a centralized location”  

For more information please go to:

2019 Oregon Law Enforcement Career Day Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1975914772516897/

2019 Oregon Law Enforcement Career Day Flyer https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/docs/careerfairflyer2019advrtsmnt.pdf

Thursday, Secretary of State Bev Clarno took her ceremonial Oath of Office in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office of the Oregon State Capitol.

“I am honored by the confidence you have placed in me in appointing me to serve as Secretary of State,” said Secretary Clarno in her opening remarks.

“My priorities as your Secretary of State are to listen, to ensure that the office in which I serve is fulfilling its responsibilities in a professional and non-partisan manner, and that hard-working Oregonians’ tax dollars are spent in the most cost-effective way possible.”

The oath was administered by the Honorable Martha Walters, the first woman Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. In addition, brief remarks were given by Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Senators Jackie Winters and Betsy Johnson—senators who served with Secretary Clarno in the Oregon Senate.

“I’m so honored to be here supporting my friend,” said Senate Minority Leader Jackie Winters.

“She is strong as nails, and she leads with a firm hand. And with that firm hand, there is a sense of fairness that you and I wish we could permeate all throughout this building.”

Secretary Clarno is a third-generation Oregonian with a diverse professional career and historic tenure in Oregon elected politics. She was the first woman Republican Speaker of the House and the first Republican woman to serve as her party’s leader in the Oregon State Senate. She was the first woman to hold leadership positions in both the Oregon House and Senate.  During her tenure in the legislature, Secretary Clarno was known as a leader on issues of importance to rural Oregonians, farmers, ranchers and children. She supported a strong state auditing function as spending tax dollars effectively and efficiently was a priority for her out of her respect for hard-working Oregonians.

“It is my firm belief that there is not a Republican way or a Democrat way to oversee elections or audit state agencies—there is only a fair, thorough and honest way,” said Secretary Clarno.

“As your Secretary of State, I will administer the key functions of this office in a way that will earn the trust and faith of all Oregonians.”

California Fugitive Apprehended Near Grants Pass

On Thursday, April 5th, a 911 call was received from a motorist that had just been involved in a crash on the Grants Pass Parkway, near NE F St.  The involved driver advised his car had been hit from behind by a purple Chevrolet Lumina, which had fled the scene of the crash.

Deputies from the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office began searching the Fruitdale area, ultimately locating the suspect vehicle in the area of Mt. Baldy Rd. The suspect was able to elude officers, continuing outbound on Rogue River Hwy. Officers were able to identify the suspect as  28 year old Christopher Sovereign from Eureka California.  In an attempt to evade officers, Sovereign abandoned his vehicle in the mobile home park located at 3381 Rogue River Hwy.  Witnesses at the mobile home park called police to report the suspicious male running out the back of the park, into a wooded area.  Sgt. Jeff Gaunt and K-9 Brock began a search for Sovereign, who had warrants from California for felon in possession of a firearm and other drug related charges. 

K-9 Brock tracked Sovereign to  an area where Sovereign had hidden himself in holes in the ground created by blown down trees.  K-9 Brock apprehended Sovereign, who was in  possession of a handgun and additional ammunition.  Sovereign was transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital for apprehension wounds. He was later released for incarceration at the Josephine County Jail.  Along with the warrants from California, Sovereign was lodged on new charges of; Failing to leave name at the scene of a crash(felony), Felony attempt to elude police, Felon in possession of a firearm, Reckless driving,  The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety would like to thank alert citizens for updating police on suspicious activity, which assisted in the apprehension.  


Portland, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced that it will begin to prepare an environmental assessment for the reclassification of public domain lands as part of the implementation of the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act. The Act, signed into law by President Trump on January 8, 2018, directed the BLM to transfer 14,742 acres of public lands to be managed in trust to benefit the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, and 17,519 acres to be managed on behalf of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

In addition to transferring these lands into trust for the Tribes, the law also requires the BLM to identify and convert approximately 32,000 acres of public domain lands to be managed under the Oregon and California Lands (O&C lands) Act of 1937. Reclassifying these lands as O&C lands will allow 18 western Oregon counties to share in a portion of receipts from timber sales on these lands, which directly benefit local communities that depend on timber for jobs and economic development.

“BLM, Tribes, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs will continue to work as a team to accomplish these goals and collectively meet all identified benchmarks.  We’ve made great progress so far and the reclassification of these lands is the next step in the process. We are confident that by working together we will meet our shared commitments to support economic growth for the Tribes and local communities, and fulfill our obligations under the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act,” said Theresa Hanley, Acting Oregon State Director.

According to Dan Courtney, Chair of the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe, “This forest will sustain and protect drinking water, wildlife, and local mills benefiting the health of a community we share with many. Additionally, we all benefit as Tribal management practices have long demonstrated increased timber yields, suppressed fire dangers, and maintained biodiversity, providing a national model for sustainable forest management.”

Confederated Tribes Chief Warren Brainard shared “After the Tribes restoration, in 1986 I began to work with Council on the first forest plan. This is a lifetime accomplishment that I feel privileged to be a part of. We did this for our people, for the success of seven generations and beyond.”  

The law requires that these public domain lands be approximately equal in acreage and condition as the Oregon and California grant lands that are being held in trust for the Tribes. The reclassification of public domain lands to O&C lands will not change the management of the land, which is governed by the 2016 Northwestern and Coastal Oregon Resource Management Plan and the Southwestern Oregon Resource Management Plan. Timber sales on public domain lands do not result in any direct payments to counties, whereas, the Oregon and California Lands Act of 1937 provides that 50 percent of receipts from the sale of timber are allocated annually among the 18 western Oregon counties. The allocation formula is based on each county’s proportion of the 1915 assessed value of the O&C lands and will not be affected by this effort. This effort will examine which of the approximately 32,000 acres of public domain lands will be reclassified under the Oregon and California Lands Act of 1937. 

The reclassified lands may be within any of the following Oregon and California grant land counties: Benton, Coos, Clackamas, Columbia, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties. 

The BLM is beginning to prepare an environmental assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act to facilitate public involvement and assist in agency decision-making. The environmental assessment will consider alternative selections of PD lands to reclassify as O&C lands.

The beginning of this process, also known as scoping, is an opportunity for the public to identify issues to be considered within this reclassification process. An interactive map that details the location of the public domain lands that are being examined for reclassification, along with other planning materials, is available online at: https://www.blm.gov/oregon-washington/serving-america/western-oregon-tribal-fairness-act.

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