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Sheriffs race now has a couple of candidates

by: , Rick LaManna

Rick LaManna, 48, Oak Grove, has filed as a candidate for Clackamas County Sheriff.

He filed with the Clackamas County Elections Office. To date, only the incumbent, Sheriff Craig Roberts, a Wilsonville resident, also has filed for the May 20 primary election.

The LaManna family moved to Clackamas County in 1952 and purchased a farm in Eagle Creek. At age 14, LaManna joined a Clackamas Search and Rescue program and was hired as a deputy with Washington County in 1980.

Due to budget shortfalls, he left his position and finished his formal education by earning a double bachelors degree in communications and political science through the University of Southern California. He then joined the family business - Harrison's Boating Centers of Arizona and California, which LaManna helped grow from a one-store location to a multi-state operation and took it public on the New York Stock Exchange..

He consulted for five years with Marinemax Incorporated out of Florida.

Since 2000, he has worked as a special deputy sheriff with the Sheriff's Office, as a reserve unit advisor and as a temporary public information officer.

While he was an executive in a private company LaManna continued to volunteer as a reserve police officer.

He returned to public safety in a chief deputy position for the Washington County Sheriff's Office as director of professional standards and services. His responsibilities included oversight of several divisions and programs as well as coordinating the national police accreditation.

LaManna said his campaign was prompted after being approached by several friends complaining about public safety problems in Clackamas County. He noted the FBI Crime Statistics showed Clackamas County with the highest violent and property crime rate in the state of Oregon.

LaManna said the sheriff's office 'has an enormous budget of $64 million and yet no strategic plan on how to use those funds. There have been several high-profile situations such as multiple deputies arrested and a federal court lawsuit, which cited discrimination that indicates a cultural change is needed in the department.

LaManna said his experience in business leadership and public safety management qualifies him for this executive position. He said he will 'focus his administration on solving problems, motivating employees and providing opportunities to pursue excellence, implement effective crime reducing strategies and ultimately raising the qualify of life in Clackamas County.'

The campaign has created a Web site for public viewing at www.RlaManna.com .