City of Grants Pass swears in new DPS chief, city councilor

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Grants Pass Public Safety officially has a new director.

Warren Hensman was sworn in as the city’s new public safety chief and Director at a Grants Pass City Council meeting Monday.

Hensman spent the past 9 years with the Ashland Police Department as deputy police chief.

He said besides some first-day jitters, he’s excited for what’s to come.

“It’s a big day, super excited to be here,” Chief Hensman said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the team. It’s gonna be a big challenge, I look forward to the challenge, I’m just excited to work with the men and women.”

Hensman said he’ll spend the next couple weeks getting out and about meeting the members of his new team.

He succeeds former Chief Bill Landis, who retired last week after more than 27 years with the department.

Also sworn in Monday was new Grants Pass City Councilor Clint Scherf.

Scherf was selected to replace the seat left by councilor Roy Lindsay, who was selected the city’s new mayor.

Scherf is an engineering and planning consultant who owns his own firm in Phoenix, Arizona. He was selected to fill the seat for Ward 1.

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