Author: Herb Swett

Chief stresses prevention

John Teague, who will retire as Keizer’s police chief Sept. 30, is known for focusing on crime prevention and strict adherence to procedure.

Teague started his police career along with eight others at the Keizer Police Department in 1989. He stayed with the department until April 2009, when he became the police chief of Dallas. He returned as the Keizer chief in April 2009 and has been here since.

No sure prediction

The speaker at Monday’s Salem Area Chamber of Commerce forum, starting a talk billed as Oregon’s economic future in 2023, declared that there was no sure way of predicting it.

Keeping the books

Providing city services with the available funds is a challenge for Tim Wood.

Wood, Keizer’s finance director, notes that Keizer had a low tax rate when it incorporated, and he said that Ballot Measure 5, which limited property tax rates in 1990, was little help.

Grade schooler holds book signing

A 9-year-old author autographed copies of his book Friday, Dec. 30, at Willow Lake Golf Center.

Hudson Siemens, a 9-year-old fourth-grader at Salem’s Four Corners Elementary School, said he got his inspiration to write it from Goosebumps, a series by R.L. Stein. The book, Camp Turmoil, is fiction and set in a summer camp.

Access to government is her goal

“One of my main goals in my job is to make sure that the citizens have access to their local government.”

That is what Tracy Davis said about her position of city recorder of Keizer. She has held the position since October 1992 and has won the Quill Award from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC).