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Marion County Opposes Cuts to Homeless Funds
Governor’s bill leaves funding in jeopardy

The Marion County Commissioners have sent a letter to the members of the Oregon House Committee on Housing, expressing their opposition to HB 2100. The base bill itself just calls for a study on housing, but the real purpose of the bill is to be a placeholder for the -1 Amendments which replace the contents of the base bill, in a "gut and stuff" maneuver with 13 pages of directives for Oregon's Housing and Community Services agency.

The bill has no official legislative sponsor, but the text indicates that it was introduced at the request of Governor Kate Brown for Housing and Community Services Department.

The letter, signed by all three Commissioners and focusing on funding, says that "Marion County opposes HB 2100, which would disinvest in our local solutions for existing emergency housing needs and homeless services. The Commissioners are Kevin Cameron (R-Salem), Colm Willis (R-Stayton) and Danielle Bethell (R-Keizer).

The letter continues:

"HB 2100 is Oregon Housing and Community Services' effort to modernize Oregon's homeless response system. This modernization includes moving funding for homeless services towards an outcomes-based system, allows for intentional initiatives to address homelessness, and changes the way funding is allocated for homeless services.

"Oregon's current delivery system utilizes a needs-based formula to allocate resources directly to Community Action Agencies around the state. The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency (MWVCAA) receives $2,391,915 to provide critical services and coordination of services to persons experiencing poverty, housing instability, and homelessness in Marion County. MWVCAA's ability to build a network and coordinate services across organizations has been an integral strategy to our region's approach to addressing homelessness and housing instability. The proposed modernization would continue the needs-based approach and maintain regional allocations but restrict MWVCAA 's guaranteed allotment to 80%; the remaining 20% of funds would be made available on a competitive basis to all providers statewide with no guarantee of funds being directed to needs in our county."

HB 2100 has had one public hearing, but the amendment has not yet been adopted. It has not currently been scheduled for further action.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-03-03 17:33:30Last Update: 2021-03-03 17:48:43

Oregon Republicans Urge Democrats Abandon Untimely Tax
Oregon Democrats seek 2800 percent liquor tax increase

Oregon House Republicans today urged Legislative Democrats to abandon a massive proposed tax increase on beer and wine in favor of policies that would support the recovery of the restaurant and adult beverage industry amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Republican lawmakers contrasted a recently introduced proposal that would exponentially increase taxes on beer and wine producers in Oregon with Washington State’s recent decision to adopt a one-time waiver for liquor licenses in the state.

“No industry has been hit harder by the pandemic than the restaurant and hospitality industry, and by extension the producers of adult beverages,” said Rep. David Brock Smith (R-Port Orford).

“In Washington, a bipartisan group of lawmakers had the common sense to provide some measure of relief to this industry. Unfortunately, here in Oregon, House Democrats have embraced the opposite approach to an extreme degree by proposing to increase taxes on beer by 2800% and wine by 1700%. At a time when so many of these businesses are struggling to keep their doors open or have closed permanently and hurt hardworking employees and their families, moving forward with a proposal like this makes no sense.”

According to reports, Washington’s bill could save restaurants as much as $2,500.

HB 3296 introduced by Representatives Tawnya Sanchez (D-Portland) and Rachel Prusak (D-West Linn), would increase the tax per barrel on beer from $2.60 to $72.60.

The bill would increase the price per barrel of wine from $0.65 to $10.65.

“It’s really striking to see the difference between how our two states are treating this vital industry right now,” said Rep. Bill Post (R-Keizer).

“Instead of pursuing outrageous tax hikes, I urge my Democratic colleagues to look for opportunities to support restaurants and producers and to help these businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic and government shutdown orders.”

HB 3296 was formally introduced in the Oregon House on February 23, 2021. The bill has not yet been scheduled for a public hearing.

--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-03-03 16:10:16Last Update: 2021-03-03 16:47:54

Sen. Anderson Calls for Stimulus Tax Refund
Returns Stimulus Check Money to Working Oregonians

SB 842 was introduced by Oregon State Senator Dick Anderson (R-Lincoln City), following through on his previous commitment to keep Economic Impact Payments in Oregonians’ pockets.

“There is no reason to be ‘nickel and diming’ Oregonians by taking part of their stimulus check.” Senator Anderson said. “The State of Oregon is doing better than expected with tax revenues.”

Because of a loophole in the state tax code, an estimated 870,000 Oregonians will be sending a part of their federal stimulus checks to the state government. Middle-class families are hit hardest.

Senator Anderson’s office had previously indicated that people may have to amend their tax filing or get a tax credit on 2021’s taxes. However, SB 842 includes language that would require the Department of Revenue to send checks for the amount of taxes taken out of Oregonian’s stimulus checks. This is similar to how the Oregon Kicker Tax refund is conducted.

“We realized that making working people jump through hoops to get their money wasn’t the right approach,” Senator Anderson continued. “To ensure that the most Oregonians get their money back, we opted to go for a system that proactively sends checks to those affected.”

SB 842 was first read today on the Senate floor and will head to the Senate President’s desk to await committee referral.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-03-03 16:09:36

Ban on Diesel Fuel Proposed
“There is simply no alternative to transporting these goods”

HB 3305 was introduced this week and caught many in the legislature off guard. Introduced by Representative Karin Power (D-Milwaukie), the bill looks to remove access to Diesel in Oregon by 2028, virtually turning all vehicles today that run on diesel into scrap metal. Just two years ago, Representative Powers worked across the aisle with Representative Shelly Boshart-Davis (R-Albany) to find a solution for reducing the amount of Heavy use vehicles in the state that rely on Diesel. Now, Representative Powers seems to want to take the most extreme measure and eliminate all diesel powered vehicles in the state by eliminating their access to fuel. In a press release from the House Republican officer. Representative Boshart-Davis voiced her concerns.

“I’m not sure where to begin with this bill,” said Representative Boshart Davis (R-Albany). “Our entire economy depends on the free flow of freight by both truck and rail, nearly all of which is powered by diesel engines. There is simply no commercially available, cost-effective alternative to transporting these goods. Of course, the impacts of this bill go well beyond just trucking and freight and would destroy any and every industry that relies on heavy equipment, render tens-of-thousands of personal vehicles inoperable, and put countless Oregonians out of work. Not only was this bill blindsiding, I am also disturbed to see such a blatant attack on working Oregonians.”

Under HB 3305, retail dealers, nonretail dealers or wholesale dealers of diesel fuel would be prohibited from selling the fuel in accordance with the following schedule:



Representative Boshart-Davis was joined in her concerns by Representative Vicki Breese-Iverson (R-Prineville). “There is absolutely no way we can implement this legislation in accordance to these timelines without extreme disruption to Oregonians’ daily lives and the obliteration of our economy as we know it. The supermajority has put agenda over people and our economy. If enacted, Oregonians could no longer rely on everyday goods like food, groceries and medicine being readily available”.

The bill has not been referred to a committee, but will most likely end up in House Environment and Energy.

--Terese Humboldt

Post Date: 2021-03-03 14:46:22Last Update: 2021-03-03 17:40:54

Curriculum from 1619 Project
Seeks to fill a hole in our curriculum that frankly does not exist

Editor's note: This article first appeared as a blog post on the Oregonians for Liberty in Education website.

Oregon Sen. Wagner and Sen. Frederick are sponsoring SB 683, which “requires school districts to provide instruction on racist history of this country and state.” The language in the bill seems to blindly copy the premises of the widely debunked New York Times 1619 Project. If enacted, this bill would mandate the statewide adoption of a 1619 Project-type curriculum for all K-12 Oregon public school students.

This bill characterizes the overarching theme of Oregon and U.S. History as racist. It would require all history to be taught through an oppressed/oppressor racial lens. It would require a radical overhaul of the 5th Grade Oregon Trail Unit to characterize all pioneers as motivated chiefly by racism. This bill describes racism and slavery as foundational to the state and country’s law, economy, justice system, and government.

Proponents of the bill argue that “by knowing and understanding our past can we learn from our mistakes and build a better future.” But learning from our past is impossible without context, perspective, and factual accuracy, all of which are missing from this bill and the curriculum that it copies from. James McPherson, past president of the American Historical Association, had this to say about the 1619 Project: “I was disturbed by what seemed like a very unbalanced, one-sided account, which lacked context and perspective.”

What Does This Solve? This bill seeks to fill a hole in our curriculum that frankly does not exist. We do not need additional legislation to ensure that slavery and racist history are taught in Oregon public schools. Current state standards adopted in 2018 include multiple learning targets on slavery, oppression, marginalized people, and civil rights.

The Oregon Department of Education’s most recent Social Science Newsletter highlights the plethora of resources available to teachers on these topics, including radical materials from the Southern Poverty Law Center. In Oregon’s K-5 classrooms, social studies curriculum is primarily Native American history and Black history/civil rights. Slavery, oppression and activism are covered extensively in 8th grade and in high school U.S. History/American Studies classes.

According to the 1776 Commission report, educating citizens requires that students be taught “the principles that unite, inspire, and ennoble all Americans” which can “coexist with the elements of disappointment, criticism, dissent, opposition, and even shame.” “By studying America's true heritage, students learn to embrace and preserve the triumphs of their forefathers while identifying and avoiding their mistakes.” SB 683 runs counter to these goals, and in fact many of the goals found in Oregon’s state standards for civics instruction. This bill is divisive and rooted in critical theory. Its intent isn’t the teaching of history, but rather the teaching of grievance-mindedness and activism.

So what is the real goal of this legislation? 1619 Project author Nicole Hannah-Jones has said, “my ultimate goal is that there’ll be a reparations bill passed.” The co-sponsor of SB 683, Sen. Fredrick, has also sponsored an Oregon reparations bill this legislative session, SB 619.

Do we need more curriculum mandates from Salem legislators? Social studies curriculum decisions should be made by historians and teachers. And school districts should have local authority to select appropriate materials for their communities.

--Mary Miller

Post Date: 2021-03-03 09:33:26Last Update: 2021-03-03 09:42:56

Glamour Salon Closing, Lindsey Graham Moving out of Oregon
Lindsey Graham expresses gratitude to Governor Kate Brown

On Wednesday, March 3, Oregon salon owner Lindsey Graham speaks out, following national media attention that began when Graham defied Oregon Governor Kate Brown, in order to avoid total economic devastation for the families, including her own, that her salon supports through the professional services provided. The Nation watched as Graham was wrongfully, financially and politically targeted by the full force of the State--

"I'm grateful for this trial by fire, as all doubts have now been removed and a veil lifted. While pursuing me as a political adversary, Kate Brown has inadvertently provided a platform for my beliefs, a larger voice, and a new perspective. With the realization that there are thousands of other small business owners in Oregon and across the nation that share these beliefs, I thank God for Brown, and all of her blue blooded cronies and connoisseurs of cancel-culture. This culture is cultivating a new wave of collaboration between those who are speaking out despite clear efforts to silence us. These challenges are only making us stronger and secure in our understanding of good governance versus governance through tyrannical control."

The closure of Glamour leaves a multi-million dollar hole in annual tax revenue for the State, while adding twenty-five new recipients to unemployment benefits, EBT and Medicaid. That's twenty-five less women in the workforce and gainfully employed. While disgusted with the unchecked, unregulated and state sanctioned harassment, threats, bullying and gang stalking by leftist cancel culture, Graham feels a sense of personal gratitude for the experience, additionally releasing the following statement;

"The feminist in me is outraged, but the spirit of Christ within me is overjoyed. What was meant for my destruction has been turned into the greatest blessing, overcoming adversity, new opportunities have been created for myself and my family. I'm grateful that Oregon's supermajority has made it next to impossible for businesses to operate, I'm grateful that Kate Brown sent DHS/CPS after my children, I'm grateful to Oregon's blatant cancel-culture and the seemingly hate-filled social justice warriors.

My eyes are now fully opened to the crystal clear line in the sand, and there's no going back. Hatred is the tool of oppressors and a type of mental servitude. While I was shocked at the obvious targeting and unprofessional use of tyrannical force employed by Kate Brown's apparent dictatorship, I have nothing but love and gratitude in my heart, as I absolutely refuse to be bound by hatred or struggle. Glamour Salon is closing, our family has moved out of Oregon to a deep red land of economic opportunity, and I have nothing left to lose.

Kate Brown gave me a voice and a platform, and I intend to use it, as are the countless other small business owners who’ve stepped into the cold reality Brown created by allowing large businesses to operate while keeping family-owned and main street businesses shuttered, beyond a timeline that was feasible for survival. I pray that those still trying to run small businesses in Oregon can survive and those placing burdens upon these businesses stop turning a blind eye to the politics they are playing with these people’s lives and livelihoods. You can certainly expect to see big things coming from me soon, as this fire has forged new strength in me that I didn’t know existed.”

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-03-03 08:24:00Last Update: 2021-03-03 08:39:30

Oregon COVID Vaccine Prioritization Schedule
Inmates considered Phase 1A eligible

Oregon's Governor Kate Brown has announced the prioritization for the next groups of Oregonians to be included in Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution schedule.

"By summer, provided supplies from the federal government continue as planned, any Oregonian who wants the vaccine will be eligible to receive it," said Governor Brown.

"Infection rates continue to plummet here in Oregon and across the country."

"Keep wearing your masks, physical distancing and limiting social gatherings."

Phase 1b, Phase 2 Vaccine Prioritization

Oregon’s Phase 1b prioritization schedule was based on the recommendations of the members of the Vaccine Advisory Committee, with the goal of ensuring equitable distribution of vaccines to those communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, and Latinx, Pacific Islander, and Tribal communities.

The VAC recommended prioritizing Oregonians with underlying conditions and frontline workers for vaccination.

Until March 29, Oregon will continue to vaccinate individuals only Oregon seniors, educators, inmates, and any individuals eligible in Phase 1a still remaining.

The vaccination of Oregonians for the continuation of Phase 1b will proceed in two waves.

Beginning March 29, the following groups of Oregonians will be eligible for vaccination: No later than May 1, the following groups of Oregonians will be eligible: No later than June 1, Phase 2 of vaccination will begin with all adults aged 45 to 64. And, no later than July 1, all Oregonians 16 and over will be eligible to receive a vaccine.

--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-03-02 20:40:47Last Update: 2021-03-02 21:19:04

Producer Responsibility Organizations
Sounds similar to emission reduction goals.

When a half page bill is turned into a 93-page amendment an alert should go up. An amendment doesn’t get the public notice and opportunity to testify as a bill does. The -1 amendment to SB 582 is an attack on free markets. Taxes and fees on foods have typically been a taboo. Legislators have still found ways to get around it by taxing the production and transportation systems. Northwest Observer wrote on Extended Producer Liability warning it would show up in bills, but this is an all-encompassing step to control everything we purchase by making the producer responsible for recycling.

Senator Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) introduced SB 582 and serves on the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment that authored -1 amendments. It requires producers or co-producers to register with and be a member of a Producer Responsibility Organization that administers a producer responsibility program and provide records of tracking. Producers include sellers of products, packaging, manufacturing, importers, shippers, and persons distributing printed material, which may require membership in several organizations. If a Producer is in violation of labeling a recycling symbol, they cannot register with a Producer Responsibility Organization and therefore cannot do business in Oregon.

The Department of Environmental Quality approves or may revise the producer responsibility program plan, and reimburses expenses of local government service providers for eligible costs for transporting recycling. If no recycling transportation available, they must establish recycling events or drop centers.

Buried in local government responsibilities is state controls requiring that when providing a recycle program it must include all materials on the statewide collection list along with requirements for collection space and service standards. It also requires that a service processor ensures the health, safety and wellness of workers at the facility regardless of whether the workers are employees, independent contractors or employees of another business, which insulted the recyclers in the hearing.

Failing to consult with manufactures using recycled materials, they missed an opportunity to utilize recyclable materials. Pak Tech is an Oregon Corporation focused on manufacturing market that demands products are made from 100% recycled materials (rHDPE) and ending up with a product that itself is 100% recyclable. However, they claim that Oregon lacks proper recycling of milk containers they use so they import from California and Canada to make their products. In 2020 alone, they utilized over 22 million pounds of rHDPE (equivalent of over 165 million milk containers) in creating recycled products shipped around the world. However, the proposed program isn’t interested in waste reuse by for-profit businesses and focuses on public bodies, and nonprofits. Senator Art Robinson mentioned three paths for recycling, first it goes directly to a landfill that works its way into heat and carbon dioxide over time, the second way is to make a product out of recycling materials that eventually ends up in the landfill and into heat and carbon dioxide. The third way is to produce energy and you end up with electricity out of the bargain, which the state could sell for profits. Oregon only has one, so investment in more garbage burning plants could answer more than recycling questions.

SB 582 -1 amendment also creates a litter and marine debris cleanup and prevention program requiring producer responsibility organization to issue grants to the tone of $10 million per year. There are of course fees for everything including certification and permits, and it allows for legislative appropriations to two funds: Producer Responsibility Fund and Waste Prevention and Reuse Fund.

The bill establishes within the Department of Environmental Quality, the Oregon Recycling System Advisory Council compensated to administer and enforce the program. The DEQ is required to establish recycling contamination reduction goals. Sounds similar to emission reduction goals.

Senator Michael Dembrow suggested that industry is forcing this action, but he was pushed back by several industries testifying with robust programs that were not invited to the discussions until very late in the process or not at all. The food industry said they weren’t consulted at all and it would cost them millions that would have to be past to consumers. This seems to be the norm for leadership to not invite stakeholders until the path is laid. Recycling and taking care of our surroundings is a good thing, but is it the job of government to micromanage our lives and not give the free market the responsibility?

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2021-03-02 19:10:04Last Update: 2021-03-02 19:24:00

Commmittee Appointments Shored Up
The absence of Rep. Hernandez leaves the process temporarily in peril

In a move designed to keep things moving in the Legislature, House Speaker has removed embattled, lame-duck State Representative Diego from his legislative committees and replaced him with the House Majority Leader, Representative Barbara Smith Warner -- or in the case of the House Energy and Environment Committee, she has appointed herself to the committee.

In the case of the Energy and Environment Committee, without Hernandez, the committee would have an even 3-3 partisan representation, so the Democrats could not be sure of passing their legislation out of committee.

The other committees are the House Committees on General Government and Revenue. Each of these committees would have an even partisan representation without Representative Hernandez. He was also replaced on the Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures. All of these committee appointments have been marked as "temporary" and once Hernandez's successor is appointed, that person will either take his place or possibly further shuffling of committee assignments will occur.

The Democratic Party of Oregon is working on nominees for his replacement. The have said that they will have a list of nominees by March 15. From that list, the Multnomah County Commissioners will pick the next State Representative for House District 47.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-03-02 16:27:30Last Update: 2021-03-02 16:28:36

Racial Equity in State Rulemaking
Racial equity in the Portland area may not be the same in Harney County

During the past year, state agencies have taken extraordinary steps in the name of public health and safety. They have done this through implementation of Oregon Administrative Rules rather than by changing laws or Oregon Revised Statutes. Laws are only enacted by the Oregon legislature.

An Administrative Rule is defined as "any agency directive, standard, regulation or statement of general applicability that implements, interprets or prescribes law or policy, or describes the procedure or practice requirements of any agency". There are a couple types of rules, Statutory Minor Corrections, Temporary Rules, and Permanent Rules. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission in one of the state agencies that wrote temporary rules over the last year in the name of COVID-19 and in response to some of the Governors Executive Orders trying to soften the blow to the bar and restaurant industry. At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the Governor issued Executive Order 20-07 closing all bars and restaurants effective March 17, 2020. It remained in effect till May 14th when she announced a “phased in approach” with Executive Order 20-27. As restaurants throughout the state struggled and made individual choices to remain closed, offer take out, or attempt to re-open, little did they know the next wave was about to hit them. With Executive Order 20-65 the Governor once again closed bars and restaurants on November 18th.

However, by Administrative Rule, OLCC delivered a Christmas Eve gift to them. They passed a temporary rule allowing the sale of Mixed Drinks and Single Servings of Wine by Full On-Premises Sales Licensees for Off-Premises Consumption and Delivery. Otherwise know and “booze to go”. The OAR is in effect until June 22, 2021. OLCC saw this as a lifeline to bars and restaurants. In ac2352tuality it did little to bolster sales compared to actually being reopened which for most businesses would not happen until February 2021 or later with the Governor’s next Executive Order, 20-66 which set out to design a framed reopening approach with a sector risk level guideline administered county by county.

Now the Oregon Legislature is looking to add another layer to the Administrative rule making process. A proposal that could have stopped the OLCC “alcohol to go” lifeline dead in its tracks. HB 2353, introduced by Representative Salinas (HD38-Lake Oswego) would require State Agencies to include in their rulemaking notice a statement identifying how adoption of rule will affect racial equity. What if HB 2353 had been in place for the OLCC rule was proposed? What could the possible affects have been on racial equity by implementing the rule? Could minority owned restaurants and bars have been adversely affected because of the additional cost of implementing the alcohol to-go options? Would they then have been negatively affected by other non-minority owned businesses in the area that could afford added costs? Then again, maybe the opposite statement could be said. Minority owed bars and restaurants could potentially have a lower overhead on their food items and therefore they could absorb the additional cost for the to go beverages. Where non-minority owned businesses might have a slimmer profit margin on their menu items and could not afford to offer the to-go cost of the alcohol items. Therefore, they would be at a racial disadvantage. Introducing racial equity questions without solid data to back up claims is a poor approach when setting Administrative rules. In addition, Administrative rules are primarily statewide and what is perceived as racial equity in the Portland Metro area may not be seen the same in Harney County.

This bill is scheduled for its first hearing on March 2nd.

--Terese Humboldt

Post Date: 2021-03-02 15:52:24Last Update: 2021-03-02 16:05:41

YamCo Commissioners to Gov. Brown: Let My People Go
Call on the Governor to limit citations and enforcement actions

In a 2-1 vote, the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners voted to approve Resolution 21-02-25-1 to remind Governor Kate Brown that she took an oath to “support, protect and defend” the U.S. and Oregon Constitutions and to request that she lift orders restricting local businesses.

As more small businesses face permanent closure, the Resolution cites Article 1, Section 18 of the Oregon Constitution which says “Private property shall not be taken for public use…without just compensation…” Governor Brown’s orders that certain businesses be closed or limited in their capacity clearly violate the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment declaring that no citizen shall be deprived of his property “ without due process of law”.

The Governor’s restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms and other businesses single out some businesses as “non-essential” but allow other similar businesses to remain open pointing to the confusing and arbitrary sanctions imposed on legitimate businesses.

The Resolution calls on the Governor to order State agencies, OR-OSHA, OLCC and OHA to limit their citations and enforcement actions to pre-COVID directives. Yamhill County Board Chair Mary Starrett and Vice Chair Lindsay Berschauer voted to pass the strongly-worded Resolution, Commissioner Casey Kulla voted “ No”.

The Board has passed a number of resolutions and approved letters to the Governor and Legislators 2-1 in support of easing restrictions on schools, youth sports churches and businesses.



The Yamhill County Board will consider a Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance Thursday. The Board is expected to pass the Ordinance by a 2-1 vote.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-03-02 10:45:27Last Update: 2021-03-02 16:07:05

Kate Brown Appoints Director of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
Will oversee agency that certifies and licenses police officers

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced that she has appointed Jerry Granderson as director of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), effective March 22.

As director of DPSST, Granderson will oversee the agency that certifies and licenses police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, regulatory specialists (OLCC), telecommunicators (9-1-1), emergency medical dispatchers, criminal justice instructors, private security providers, private investigators, and polygraph examiners in the state. DPSST also works in consultation with public and private safety agencies around the state by providing basic, leadership, and specialized training at the 237-acre Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem and regionally throughout the state.

“I look forward to... answer the resounding calls from Oregonians for much-needed racial justice and police accountability reforms..."said Governor Brown.

Granderson served for nearly 23 years with the FBI in various roles including as a field agent in Illinois working on narcotics, domestic terrorism, and organized crime investigations; program manager for the FBI's international law enforcement academies in Botswana, Hungary, El Salvador, and United Arab Emirates, was academy instructor specializing in leadership, ethics, and contemporary policing, and special agent with experience in civil rights, human trafficking, counterterrorism, and public corruption cases.

Since retiring from the FBI in April 2020, Granderson has served as a senior police advisor for SAIC Corporation, where he is responsible for fielding counterterrorism watch list initiatives throughout the world, as well as training international partners, with a specific focus on those in Africa.

Granderson holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts and a master's degree in international relations from Western Illinois University. He is a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the 82nd Airborne Division and 12th Special Forces Group (Army Reserves).

“It is with a humbled and gracious heart that I thank Governor Brown for providing me this opportunity to serve the people of Oregon," said Granderson. "I look forward to applying my skills in leading the training and professional development of our current and next generation of public safety professionals."

Granderson takes over for interim director Les Hallman, who will return to his position with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-03-01 23:14:02Last Update: 2021-03-01 23:33:42

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