Jail Administrator Captain Stewart Harp was awarded the honor of being selected as the Jail Commander of the year by the Oregon State Jail Command Council. The award was bestowed at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA) Annual Conference in Bend on December 10th 2008 and was presented by OSSA President Mitch Southwick. That honor was also recognized and acknowledged by the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners at a public meeting held in January 2009.
Sheriff Trumbo, in the nomination letter he sent to the Council, "noted that Stewart was selected to his position as Jail Administrator in October of 2007 and immediately made an impact by taking on the challenge of balancing a budget that was severely stressed due to unanticipated expenses from contract negotiations, not to mention increased food and medical costs," stated Sheriff Trumbo.
Cpt. Harp has also overcome significant challenges with hiring and retaining qualified employees in the jail. "For the first time in recent history the Umatilla County Jail is fully staffed with Certified Corrections Officers. I think it's fair to say that the excellent working environment created, the attention to detail that is required, and his support of the line officers has led to the success we share," the Sheriff noted. The letter goes on to say, "In fact, the staff is discussing raising our self imposed inmate cap because they feel with the quality and attitude of the line staff, they can do more with less.
That attitude and quality was tested recently when the Jail lost the services of a 12 year Sergeant and a 30 year veteran who retired, leaving a huge hole in the supervisory ranks. Because Cpt. Harp had previously identified the best and brightest, the jail never skipped a beat in the transition," stated the Sheriff.
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VINELink - Victims Information Network Everyday - VINELink is an on-line resource that allows you to search for information regarding an offender's current custody status. It is provided by the Oregon Department of Corrections and Oregon Department of Justice in cooperation with the Oregon Sheriffs' Association and the Oregon Youth Authority. You may also register to be notified automatically when an offender is released, transferred, escapes, dies or has a change in parole or probation status. The Oregon VINE Service is provided to you in an effort to help keep the public safe and informed. Do not depend solely on the VINE service for your protection. If you feel that you may be at risk, take precautions as if the offender has already been released.
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