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Weighmaster family receives $700,000 settlement

Clackamas County will pay $700,000 to settle a wrongful death suit in the case of Grady Waxenfelter, a county weighmaster who was killed on duty Feb. 6.

“A settlement will not bring back Grady. But this settlement will hopefully demonstrate to Grady’s family that his loss was not in vain and will never be forgotten,” said Clackamas County Chair John Ludlow. “The Board of County Commissioners acknowledges the terrible loss to the Waxenfelter family and wishes them peace and healing in the months ahead.”

“The Waxenfelter family truly appreciates the county’s actions and is grateful for the recognition of Grady and Grady’s contributions to the county,” Tedra Waxenfelter, Grady’s widow, said in a statement.

Tedra Waxenfelter had planned to sue the county for $2.75 million after an internal county report concluded that the Weighmaster Program in the Transportation Maintenance Division had virtually no policies, procedures or safety equipment for its routine patrols.

Grady Waxenfelter was shot in the head when he pulled over an O’Malley Brothers Trucking rig at the corner of Highway 224 and Amissigger Road. As reported earlier in the Portland Tribune (“Weighmaster death stirs issues,” Aug. 12), civilian weighmasters throughout the state are rarely given patrol duties.

After Grady Waxenfelter’s death, County Administrator Don Krupp ordered the immediate — and later, permanent — suspension of the patrol functions of the Weighmaster Program.

“Since Grady’s tragic death, changes were made to the Weighmaster program,” Ludlow said. “The county has learned valuable lessons and will implement changes to make the resulting program safer and more effective for employees and the public.”

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