CRESWELL, Ore. — Creswell has just hired a new deputy to address the town’s recent rash of criminal activity. This new addition comes just two-and-a-half weeks after the city council voted to beef up security.
The area has been plagued by a number of burglaries and break-ins and a recent shooting. Long deputy response times have also been an issue.
“This was a very critical issue that was brought up by a lot of constituents and we wanted to put it into action as soon as we could,” says city councilor A.J. O’Connell.
The new hire is an interim sheriff and a new resident deputy will start next month. The additions are being paid for by a contingency fund.
A study is also underway that investigates long-term options like partnering with neighborhood cities, creating a police department, or hiring more deputies.