Sanders awarded as community champion
Warm Springs resident and current 509-J School Board member Jeffery Sanders was announced as the winner of the Community Champion Award at the recent Chamber banquet.
In presenting the award, Ken Smith and Chief Delvis Heath noted the many capacities in which Sanders has worked and served both the Warm Springs and Madras communities.
Sanders served with an armored unit in the U.S. Army and now is a member of VFW Post 4219.
During his many years in the field of law enforcement, he worked his way from patrolman up to the position of chief of police.
His managerial experience was put to work in tribal positions including general manager of public safety, director of the Public Utilities Department, and serving as chief-of-staff to at least three secretary-treasurers. Sanders is the current director of the Warm Springs Housing Authority, and received a national award for policy leadership to curb drug and alcohol misuse with progressive measures, including eviction.
He has served as chairman of the Warm Springs Alcohol and Drug Council, as a member of the Oregon Board of Police Standards and Training Commission, and Oregon State University Extension Board of Advisors.
In the community, Sanders was a 4-H leader, promoted Warm Springs culture through traditional dancing at tribal gatherings and powwows, and has served on the 509-J School Board, National School Board Association, and is the president-elect of the Oregon School Board Association.