Press Releases

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The following are press releases sent out by the City of Woodburn on various police and other City-related news. For more information, contact Jason Horton at 503-982-5256 or jason.horton@ci.woodburn.or.us.

OSP Urges Drives to be Careful During Holiday Weekend

The Oregon State Police is urging people to travel safely this holiday weekend. With at least 10 people losing their lives on state highways in recent days, OSP is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. Other traffic advisories to motorists are winter travel conditions, Black Friday shopping and the Civil War game in Corvallis.

This holiday period (Wednesday through Sunday) will see one of the highest volumes of traffic in over a decade according to AAA Oregon/Idaho.

Chief Ferraris Completes Leadership Program

Jim Ferraris, Chief of Police of the city of Woodburn (Oregon) Police Department, Woodburn, Oregon, completed the Executive Leaders Program at Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security Nov. 10, 2016.

Keith Boyd Hired as Deputy Police Chief

Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris is pleased to announce the hiring of Keith Boyd as his Deputy Police Chief. Boyd has been employed by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office in California since May 1996. Prior to that he was with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office for nearly a year.

Chief Ferraris Promotes Jason Millican to Lieutenant

As part of the police department reorganization, Chief Jim Ferraris announced the promotion of Sgt. Jason Millican to lieutenant. A second lieutenant will be hired through an external process which is ongoing and those positions will serve as division commanders.

Millican was interviewed by a panel of community members, government and law enforcement leaders, followed by an interview with Chief Ferraris. The promotion will be effective Nov. 1.

Heather Pierson Given Mary Tennant Excellence Award

City Administrator Scott Derickson announced that Heather Pierson will receive the Mary Tennant Award for Excellence in Service at Monday's City Council meeting. Pierson currently serves as the City Recorder.

The award is Woodburn's highest honor for service, ethics and professionalism.

Ability to Text 911 Emergencies Now Available

METCOM 911 dispatch center, which serves much of rural Marion County as well as portions of Linn and Clackamas counties, is one of seven dispatch agencies (Clackamas County, Clatsop County, Clark County WA, Columbia County, Multnomah County, Washington County and Marion/METCOM service area) to launch the text to 911 service on Aug. 23.

Public Works Director Set to Retire After 28 Years With City

Woodburn Public Works Director Randy Scott has announced he will be retiring, effective Oct. 31, 2016.

Randy has been with the City of Woodburn for 28 years and has worked in Woodburn for 38 years in total, working with a private engineering firm for 10 years prior to coming to the City.

National Night Out to be Held Aug. 2

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, neighborhoods throughout Woodburn are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "33rd Annual National Night Out" crime/drug prevention event.

Be Safe With Legal Fireworks

It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations and we at the City want our residents to have a great holiday — and a safe one! Below are some safety tips to remember when handling or enjoying fireworks this season:

WPD Makes Two Arrests on Separate Vehicle Thefts

Woodburn police officers arrested two men on two separate stolen vehicle calls Saturday.

The first incident involved Raul Chacon, 31, of Woodburn stealing a relative’s car near the area of Brown Street and Tulip Avenue in Woodburn. Officers responded to the location and discovered that Chacon had stolen the vehicle earlier in the day. When the vehicle was recovered, stolen paperwork was found inside linking Chacon to another stolen vehicle. 

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