Trapp To Retire as Lane County Sheriff; Wall That Heals Arrives; Hwy 38 Construction Today; Law Enforcement Seeks to Fill 500 Vacancies

Trapp To Retire as Lane County Sheriff

Lane County Sheriff, Byron Trapp announced yesterday that he will be stepping down from his post and officially retiring as Sheriff.  The effective date will be April 16th.  Trapp has served as Lane County Sheriff for the last four years and he told Coast Radio News that he never planned for this to be a long term position for him.

“My intention never was to be a long serving sheriff, but rather to really focus on internal management growth and development to ensure that the supervisory management and executive staff were as equipped as possible, competent and leadership in leadership to be able to carry the office forward.”

Trapp feels confident that he is leaving the office with his goals accomplished.  He says at 53 he knows that people say it is a little young to retire, but he says police work takes its toll.  Trapp has had 4 back surgeries and is due for another and he says it will be nice to focus on that without the pressure to get back on the job.  He says he recommended Chief Deputy Cliff Harold to take over as Sheriff.  Harold has been employed by the Lane County Sheriff’s Department for 21 years.  Trapp also says he has no further political aspirations.  He says he will focus on rest and grandchildren.

Wall That Heals Arrives

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The rumble of motorcycles and the sounds of sirens rang through the city yesterday afternoon as the Procession leading the Wall That Heals made its way down highway 101.  The Semi Trailer was escorted over the bridge at 5pm on Tuesday and made its way to Siuslaw Middle school where it will set up today and be ready for public viewing tomorrow.  About 35 motorcyclists and several trucks from Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue as well as the Florence Police were on hand to safely see the wall to its destination.  The Wall representative Tim Tetz spoke to the crowd in front of the field where the wall will set.

“And it’s gonna stretch out to each cone on either end 385 feet, and on it are gonna be the names of the men and women who gave so much of their lives so that we could be here and be free today”

The wall will be open through Sunday at 3pm 24 hours a day and is located on the field behind the High School Football stadium at Siuslaw Middle School.

Hwy 38 Construction Today

If you are planning a trip today that takes you down highway 38 in Reedsport, be aware that ODOT will be performing road construction that will occur during the afternoon today as they place utilities underground at highway 38 and 4th street.  Construction is expected to be completed by end of day today.

Law Enforcement Seeks to Fill 500 Vacancies

Over two dozen law enforcement agencies from across the state will be participating in a career day this Friday and Saturday in Salem.  Representatives from the department of public safety, sheriff’s agencies, corrections, parole and probations and police agencies are seeking to hire 500 new employees statewide to help keep the public safe.  Erik Gabliks with the department of public safety standards and training says that over 1000 public safety workers are coming upon retirement age and they are looking to rapidly increase the workforce prior to those positions being vacated.  The event is from 10am to 2 pm both days at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem.