Gladstone Police Chief Jim Pryde was sad to announce to city councilors Tuesday night that he was in the process of dismantling the canine program after Steve Mixon, an officer trained to handle Dyno, stepped down.
Since joining the force two years ago, Dyno had bitten three officers, including Mixson, but investigating agencies blamed officer training, rather than the dog, for the incidents. Pryde said Dyno is now just living as a pet with Mixson.
Officer Mixon is taking this very hard, Pryde said. Its a real loss for us in terms of a program, not only in terms of crime prevention but (also) criminal apprehension.
In an interview with KOIN 6 News, one City Council member thought the department moved too quickly to dismantle the program. However, Pryde said he asked other officers if they would want to step up and handle the unit, but no one was interested in doing so.
Despite the troubling news, community members in attendance April 9 commemorated the Gladstone Police Department for always working to serve the people of Gladstone, mentoring local youth and ensuring the safety of the community. A bumper sticker titled, I heart Gladstone Police Dept. was passed around the room.
Tuesday night also sparked talks regarding issues such as marijuana dispensaries, building a new library and dangerous McLoughlin Boulevard intersections. Though Gladstone already passed an ordinance to prohibit marijuana dispensaries for three months, in an ordinance proposed by the state, Gladstone City Council unanimously extended the banning of dispensaries for one year. The city will revisit the issue later to determine the future of marijuana dispensary law in Gladstone.
State Rep. Brent Barton (D-Oregon City) talked about Gladstones desire to build a library. In order to make the potential project more affordable, Barton suggested making the library a mixed-use property. He referenced a project in Cornelius where the city gained fundraising for half the total cost of the project by making the building a library and a housing unit for low-income seniors.
Baron and city councilors also discussed improving intersections on McLoughlin, particularly the intersection on Arlington and McLoughlin.
I almost got run over there two weeks ago, City Councilman Neal Reisner said.
Barton believes McLoughlin will be part of the extensive Oregon Legislature discussion in 2015 about investment in transportation and infrastructure.
I think the state will take an active interest in McLoughlin. Its very reasonable for Gladstone to get on that, Barton said.