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News Release
Commissioners to interview sheriff candidates - 06/07/19

The Marion County Board of Commissioners is set to interview the two candidates who applied to fill the upcoming vacancy for Marion County Sheriff. Each candidate will be interviewed by the commissioners on Thursday, June 13, 2019, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Senator Hearing Room at Courthouse Square located at 555 Court St. NE, in Salem.

The commissioners plan to select a replacement following the interviews, officially appoint the sheriff on June 26, 2019, and then the new sheriff will be sworn in on Monday, July 1, 2019.

Applicants include Commander Joe Kast of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Lieutenant Josh Brooks of the Oregon State Police. Both applicants have received certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) that they fulfill the statutory office requirements and minimum law enforcement standards for the position. Resumes for both applicants are attached.

Sheriff Jason Myers announced his retirement effective June 30, 2019. When a vacancy occurs in a county elected office, the Marion County Board of Commissioners appoints a replacement who will hold office until a new sheriff is chosen in the next general election.

Minimum qualifications, pursuant to ORS 204.016 and 206.015, include: being a citizen of the United States; an elector of Oregon and resident of Marion County; at least 21 years old; having a minimum of four years of experience as a full-time law enforcement officer OR at least two years of experience as a full-time law enforcement officer and at least two years of formal, post-high school education; no felony convictions, or convictions for any other crimes that would prevent certification as a law enforcement officer in the State of Oregon. Applicants must be certified by DPSST.

For more information about the appointment process, please contact the Marion County Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or e-mail">

Attached Media Files: Resume_Kast , Resume_Brooks
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