ROSEBURG, Ore. – Roseburg Police Chief Gary Klopfenstein is speaking out after a new citizens group published a website calling for his resignation.
The website, timetogogary.com, was published by a group called Citizens for Truth. It lays out all the concerns they have with Klopfenstein.
In his position, he said he understands he can’t please everyone.
“In public safety, one half is usually happy and the other half is not happy,” said Klopfenstein. “That’s not uncommon.”
The website was disabled Thursday afternoon. It was run by a man named Joshua Brennon, who Klopfenstein said he’s never met before.
“It’s unfortunate they feel that way,” he said. “But, they have a right to their opinion.”
On the website, it said the group has two major issues with Klopfenstein.
First, they claim he targeted Casey’s Restaurant when he reported them to Oregon OSHA for violating the Governor’s COVID-19 shutdown mandate in May. His report led to a 14,000 fine to the restaurant owners. They also called him a hypocrite, claiming he showed up to a Black Lives Matter rally without a mask.
Second, they claim he misreported crime statistics to the FBI. However, Klopfenstein said he never lied about the statistics and he was simply doing his job when he reported Casey’s.
“With Casey’s, we educated, we warned and they did not cease operations,” he said. “So a report was generated and sent to the state regulatory as required by the governor.”
The group also sent a letter to the city on Monday that outlines their concerns. However, Klopfenstein said he is being supported by city staff.
“I have the support from my boss, city manager Nikki Messenger,” he said. “We’re following the law and I feel comfortable about that.”
Klopfenstein said there is nothing they can do about the website or the allegations because the group has the right to freedom of speech. However, he said he hopes the group comes forward to address their concerns in a direct way.
“During these unprecedented times, I am committed to community safety and following the law,” said Klopfenstein.
KEZI 9 News reached out to Brennon for comment, but he declined.