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Sheriffs office adds David Kirby as new undersheriff plus 46 additional deputies

by: Patrick Sherman, 
New Clackamas County Undersheriff David Kirby, right, speaks at his recent swearing-in ceremony as Sheriff Craig Roberts looks on.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office officially added a new deputy to its leadership team earlier this month when David Kirby was sworn in as the new undersheriff.

During a ceremony, Sheriff Craig Roberts also swore in 46 new corrections and patrol deputies - new hires financed by the passage of the sheriff's Public Safety Levy in November 2006.

Kirby was first appointed undersheriff by Roberts on Oct. 1, 2007.

'I think Dave is a person that we can all learn a lot from - not only his deep reservoir of knowledge and skills, but also his character and his commitment to excellence,' Roberts said as he introduced Kirby to an audience of approximately 150 at the Public Safety Training Center in Clackamas.

Kirby comes to Clackamas County from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, where he spent 14-years - rising through the ranks from a patrol deputy to serve as both the jail division commander and the investigations division commander.

Before that, he served as a cadet for three years with the Oregon State Police.

Kirby has a degree in psychology from the University of Oregon. He's a graduate of the FBI's National Academy and the Oregon Sheriff's Command College, and has completed additional training through the United States Department of Justice, Portland State University, the Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

He also enjoys the unique honor of having been selected as the Vic Atiyeh Award winner for both his Basic Police Academy and his Basic Corrections classes. Through his career, he has been recognized as the Patrol Deputy of the Year, Detective of the Year and Supervisor of the Year.

'I personally had the pleasure of working closely with him while he was still at Washington County, developing our new Internet Predator Task Force,' Roberts said. 'He's worked on a variety of other interagency teams, tackling issues as diverse as gangs, identity theft and narcotics.'

Moving over to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is something of a homecoming for Kirby. He lives in Oregon City with his wife and three daughters - who are especially grateful that he no longer has a three-hour daily commute to Hillsboro.

Kirby is a member of the Milwaukie Elks and has volunteered as president and vice-president of the Oregon City Soccer Club - which serves more than 1,000 children - and he also coaches youth basketball and track. He plays basketball and golf and enjoys running.

Kirby was joined by the addition of 46 new corrections and patrol deputies, all hired and trained thanks to passage of the public safety levy last year.

Passage of the levy - which raises an estimated $42 million over five years, from 2007-12 - has allowed the sheriff to begin opening 84 existing jail beds in the Clackamas County Jail that have sat unused for lack of funding. It also restored and supplemented the number of sheriff's patrol deputies, and funded a targeted program to combat methamphetamine abuse and related criminal activity in the county.