Month: August 2013

Unfinished work as Adams leaves

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As Marc Adams hands off his position as chief of the Keizer Police Department this weekend, he also passes on issues he struggled with. Two of the main issues facing the KPD have been the fight on drugs and staffing levels. The two issues are somewhat related, bonded with the overall issue of funding. The solution, particularly in regards to drugs? Be a sheep dog. “The big issue is going to be maintaining staff and equipment,” Adams said. “More and more technology comes out, like body cameras. “It’s expensive. It’s great technology, but it all costs money. It’s a violent society out there. If a wolf comes along to attack the herd, we have to defend, just like a sheep dog.” A police department’s equivalent to the sheep dog is the officer, but limited resources over the years have impacted that. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the August 30 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Summer of the interns at city hall

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Things have been a bit different this summer at Keizer City Hall. City Manager Chris Eppley has an intern for the first time, University of Oregon senior Steven Kirby. City Attorney Shannon Johnson also has an intern for the first time, Willamette University law student Linda Kendrick. Kendrick is indeed a different breed. For example, on Aug. 5 she went to the Keizer City Council meeting with Johnson. “I enjoyed going to the city council meeting,” Kendrick said. But aside from getting to see the interaction between councilors and staff, there was another reason for Kendrick to enjoy the meeting. She got the chance to meet current councilor and former Keizer mayor Dennis Koho, a local attorney who got his law degree from Willamette University. By the end of the week, Kendrick landed a job as law clerk with Koho’s firm. Kendrick, a mother of four children, moved to Seattle in 2011 after seven years in Texas and looked for work. “I decided if I didn’t get a job within a year, I would go to law school,” Kendrick said. That’s just what the 40-year-old did last fall. Willamette University has an externship program – since interns are usually paid and externs are not – and Kendrick was given a few options for this summer. “This was my first choice,” Kendrick said of...

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