May News from Marion County

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Marion County Oregon

May 21, 2019

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Marion County Sheriff candidates invited to apply

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After 28 years with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Jason Myers has announced his retirement effective June 30. When a vacancy occurs in a county elected office, the Marion County Board of Commissioners appoints a replacement who will hold office until a new sheriff is chosen in the next general election.

Applications for the office of sheriff will be accepted beginning May 13. Commissioner Kevin Cameron, board chair, said, "Public safety is a priority for Marion County. We have appreciated the creative and collaborative public safety initiatives championed by Sheriff Jason Myers. Marion County is recognized throughout the state for its innovative programs and our goal is to continue this work. The recruitment process is open and designed to find the most qualified leader to ensure a seamless transition for the Sheriff's Office."

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and letter from the Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) certifying the applicant fulfills the statutory office requirements and minimum law enforcement standards. Application material must be received at the Board of Commissioners Office, C/O Jan Fritz, at Courthouse Square located at 555 Court St. NE, Suite 5232, Salem, OR; mailed to PO Box 14500, Salem, OR 97309; or emailed to  

All application material must be received by 5 p.m. on May 31, 2019.


Public competitions take center stage at the Marion County Fair

Make it, bake it, grow it, show it

By Jill Ingalls, Marion County Fair Coordinator

Mark your calendar and grab your friends – the Marion County Fair will be here before you know it! From July 11-14, 2019, we’ll fill the Oregon State Fairgrounds with animals, entertainment, great food, activities for all ages, and our popular public competitions. That’s where you come in! 

People all across Marion County are practicing their favorite pie and cookie recipes, sorting through their photos, threading their needles, and touching up their paintings and drawings. These are just a few of the public competition categories at the fair. Did you know you can enter your favorite freezer jam, painted rock, fairy garden, doll house or poetry? The possibilities are endless.

Public competitions (once known as “open class”) are all about having fun and showing off your talents and creative side all in the spirit of friendly competition. There are ten departments and more than 800 classes to choose from. See the 2019 Contests and Exhibits Handbook on our website at You can also follow “marioncofairOR” on Pinterest for public competition projects and ideas. 

Not feeling crafty? Check out coloring contests. All ages are encouraged to enter and coloring pages are displayed throughout the fair.

The number one attraction at the fair is still the animals. The barns will be bursting with youth animal projects from rabbits and chickens to swine, goats, sheep, beef, and dairy cows (and everything in between). Marion County youth participation is at a record all-time high.  More youth participate in the fair per capita than other counties in the state. We are thankful for the robust 4-H and FFA programs throughout the county that make youth participation possible.

Fair entries make great family projects. It’s gratifying for youth and adults alike to see the result of their efforts on display at the annual fair.

For more details, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook (@MarionCountyFair).

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Budget Committee hearings set for June 3 & 4

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Marion County Chief Administrative Officer, and Budget Officer, John Lattimer will present his annual budget message and proposed fiscal year 2019-2020 proposed budget to the Marion County Budget Committee on Monday, June 3, at 9 a.m. The public is welcome to attend and all budget committee meetings will be streamed live on Comcast channel 21 and YouTube. The budget message will stream live on Facebook (@MarionCountyBoard) as well.

Budget Committee Meeting Schedule

June 3, 2019
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Senator Hearing Room, Courthouse Square
555 Court St. NE, Salem

Public Comment Period at 5:15 p.m. 

June 4, 2018
8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Senator Hearing Room, Courthouse Square
555 Court St. NE, Salem

Public Comment Period at 8:45 a.m. 

The budget committee includes the Marion County Board of Commissioners and three citizen members. The Budget Officer’s Message and detailed proposed budget will be available for review at the front desk of the Board of Commissioners’ Office located at 555 Court St. NE, Salem, or online at on June 3. 

Events Calendar

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May 22
St. Paul Board Session & Town Hall
6 p.m. - Board Session
7 p.m. - Town Hall
St. Paul Community Hall

June 8
Dog Services at Salem Saturday Market
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dog Services will be at Saturday Market the second Saturday of each month from May through September. 

June 10
Auction - Sale of Tax Foreclosed Real Property
10 a.m. (Registration at 9 a.m.) 
555 Court St. NE, Salem 

June 30
Dog Services Vaccine & Licensing Event
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
Marion County Dog Services 

July 11-14
Marion County Fair
Oregon State Fairgrounds 

Visit our website for a full list of Marion County meetings and events.