No Sheriffs, No Problem. Citizens are the Law in Oregon County
Friday, December 27, 2013
Josephine County residents take law into their own hands after having their sheriffs department cut to a minimal force
December 27, 2013
Andrew V Pontbriand
The citizens of an Oregon County decided a Federal Funds cut would not be enough to allow a likely crime-wave after having their sheriffs department cut down to only a few sheriffs open 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday. This comes after a $7.5 million dollar shortfall, and a voted down tax levy to make up for the loss.
In Josephine County, Oregon; 70% of the land is owed by the Federal Government, and the Timber Subsidies kept the money flowing for years. However, when the Feds stopped the funding, the County ended up with a huge problem.
In May of 2012, county officials scrambled to pass a tax levy to make up for the shortfall,but residents voted it down. As a result the major crimes unit closed, dozens of prisoners were released from the county jail and the department reduced operations to Monday-Friday, eight hours a day. The Sheriffs Department then issued a notice saying the department would only be responding to calls they deemed to be “life-threatening situations”.
This was all unacceptable to a man named Ken Selig, who was the longest serving officer of all three agencies. Ken Selig told FoxNews.com that he felt compelled to step up and protect his community.
“Who else is going to protect you when your government can’t?” Selig said.