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County to consider appointing ex-police chief to committee

Former chief Douglas Greisen considered for county's homeland security advisory committee

Douglas Greisen.Columbia County commissioners on Wednesday, Aug. 27, tabled a discussion about whether to appoint ex-Scappoose Police Chief Doug Griesen to the Homeland Security Emergency Management Committee.

The appointment was on the board’s consent agenda, which is typically approved without any discussion or public input.

In light of Commissioner Tony Hyde’s absence, Commissioner Henry Heimuller said he and Commissioner Earl Fisher wanted to hold off on making a decision until the full board was present.

Heimuller, who acknowledged his longstanding friendship with Griesen, said Griesen requested to serve on the commission after a seat opened up.

“He asked to sit on the at committee as a public at large member,” Heimuller explained. The committee is responsible for emergency management coordination and works with fire, law enforcement and other emergency management agencies throughout the county.

The committee serves in an advisory capacity to the county commissioners.

“We want to make sure this is a good fit for that committee,” Heimuller said, noting that he felt more comfortable with the full board vetting the appointment.

Griesen served as Scappoose police chief for more than a decade. He was terminated earlier this year, following investigations that revealed workplace and policy violations related to a vehicle maneuver, an alleged hostile work environment and cash handling procedures.

Wednesday’s BOC meeting drew no public comment on the proposed committee appointment.

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