Community panel takes shape

Medford, Ore.– The community panel that will recommend who becomes Jackson County’s next Sheriff is beginning to take shape.

In a Jackson County Commissioners meeting Thursday morning, the list of individuals who will be on the panel was ironed out.

Four have agreed to be on the panel.  District Attorney Beth Heckert, former Police Chief Tim George, Amanda Sighn Bans of the Racial Equity Coalition, and Mark Orndoff of Health and Human Services.

Former County Budget Committee member Shayne Maxwell and Judge Joe Charter have declined the offer to be on the community panel citing conflict of interest.  Replacements will be recruited today.

Commissioner Rick Dyer says he hopes the process of a community panel will appeal to the public.

“We want to get a diverse group of people to give us as many perspectives as they can since this is normally a decision that is made by voters at large,” said Dyer.

The community panel interviews will take place Monday.

NBC5 News at Sunrise anchor Taelor Rian was born near Los Angeles, California but spent most of her childhood in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated with a Journalism degree from Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she was an anchor and reporter for JUCEtv, an international faith based entertainment network. There she had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Morgan Freeman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ashley Judd, Rosario Dawson and Emma Watson. Before that she was a reporter for KAUZ in Wichita Falls, TX. Taelor also interned at KABC and Fox 11 in Los Angeles.

Taelor loves cooking up new recipes, rooting for her favorite NBA teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Clippers, and trying out Do It Yourself crafting projects.

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