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Fairview begins sheriff discussion

The city of Fairview will begin considering a contract with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office for police services.

After forming a committee last month, Mayor Ted Tosterud announced a community forum for Thursday, April 21, to gather public opinion on the possibility. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in council chambers, 1300 N.E. Village St.

The committee consists of Tosterud, City Administrator Nolan Young, Finance Director Lesa Folger and City Councilor Natalie Voruz.

“We really haven’t developed the option at this point,” Young said. “The intent is to hear from citizens what they feel are important things about police services, law enforcement services, that should be considered as we start working on options.”

Young said the purpose of the forum is to provide more of an opportunity to hear what citizens want from their police.

Fairview could follow in the footsteps of Troutdale, which eliminated its police department and began contracting with the sheriff’s office last March. Tosterud has said in the past he wanted to wait to see how it went in Troutdale before considering a similar move for Fairview. Wood Village is also serviced by the sheriff’s office.

Young said the Fairview police personnel are aware of the discussion, but said there isn’t a timeline or deadline to make a decision.

“Of course everyone’s got their perspective from their own particular information, but we’re just gathering information right now,” he said. “As a committee, we’ll consider that as we begin down the road.”


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