By Joyce Hensley
HERMISTON Rumors have been flying of a possible closure of the Oregon State Police West County office.
Dennis Doherty, Umatilla County Commissioner, admits that the current donated home of the OSP troopers in a shared Umatilla County Sheriffs West County building proves more than inadequate with a shortage of space and a leaking roof.
He hopes to find a suitable solution, even though the state budget of the Oregon State Police does not include rent money for the 13 troopers that patrol the western end of the county.
We have another set of quarters that we can donate, Doherty said. I have asked them to look at larger office space on the southwest corner of the same building. We could spruce that up and add security if that would work for them.
(For the full story see the July 10, 2001 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)