Details to come at April 1 worksession in Troutdale

Troutdale and Fairview officials will hear details of a proposal made by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to take over policing for both cities at two upcoming meetings in April.

Troutdale will host a worksession on Tuesday, April 1, and Fairview will follow with a meeting on Wednesday, April 16.

According to Fairview Mayor Mike Weatherby, who met with Sheriff Dan Staton earlier this month over coffee, Staton has proposed bringing deputies into Troutdale and Fairview. He makes the case that his agency would save taxpayers money and allow for more officers on the ground.

Travis Gullberg, fill-in spokesman at Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, said the Sheriff's discussions were too preliminary to talk about and declined to comment further.

Weatherby said the discussion is to transfer city officers from the two east county cities into the sheriff's department, where they would potentially receive pay increases and benefit from the wide range of specialty departments available.

Weatherby also said Troutdale and the Sheriff's office have been in talks for some time.

The discussion in Troutdale is the Sheriff's proposed plan to use the city's new police station, which voters approved to have built with a $7.5 million bond.

Troutdale's police chief and the mayor were unable to be reached for comment Friday, March 21.

Weatherby said he is open to the Sheriff's conversation, but wants to hear more details.

“The major issue is how much it is going to save, if any, and the level of service they bring,” he said.

Ken Johnson, Fairview police chief, has also expressed interest in hearing the Sheriff's proposal.

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