Klamath County Sheriff Out On Training

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, September 4 2013 at 2:35 PM, Updated: Wed, September 4 2013 at 2:51 PM

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah will be busy undergoing officer training for the next 14 weeks...Skrah's Chief Deputy will be running the store while the boss is away.

Chief Deputy Marty Rowley has been very busy recently...

"We had the officer-involved shooting with Klamath Falls P.D., we had another homicide, we've had several search and rescue missions - and it's been extremely busy for the last three weeks."

Because he retired 11 years ago, Sheriff Frank Skrah has to complete 16 weeks of training in order to be certified as a police officer in Oregon.

"We meet with him every weekend."  Notes Chief Deputy Rowley.  "Whether it's Saturday or Sunday for a couple of hours to go over what's happened in the county, keep him up to date."

And, how is the training going for Sheriff Skrah?

"The academy itself is going fine."  Says Rowley.  "He's doing well, and it's just a matter of, at some level, of perseverance."

And while it's been busy, Rowley says that's business as usual...

"Things are going on as normal.  We're driving ahead, we're staying focused on what our main missions are."

Even if the Sheriff happens to be out of town...

"Well, Klamath County still has a Sheriff."  Rowley stresses.  "He happens to be in Salem at the basic police academy."

Skrah is scheduled to complete the training in mid-December.

If Skrah fails to pass the certification training, he'll be removed from office.

If he graduates, Skrah will be the oldest person to complete Oregon Police Academy training.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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