Scappoose Police Officer Anthony Miltich has filed to run for Columbia County Sheriff in 2012, the first to publicly challenge Jeff Dickerson in his reelection bid.

Dickerson told The Spotlight Monday he will look to be reelected next November, citing a desire to continue his efforts of stabilizing the department marred by an ongoing budget crisis.

Dickerson has publicly struggled to balance police services with a dire fiscal reality, a tough job that will continue for whoever is elected next year, he said.

'I've been growing as a sheriff the last four years and I think it would be a waste to just give up,' he said. 'I love this job.'

Miltich and his wife also own Scappoose Outfitters.

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