Sheriff Skrah asks Klamath County to pay his legal fees

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah says he’s not guilty of anything…and he’s demanding that the county cover his legal expenses.

Sheriff Frank Skrah:  “And while at times I am described as a tough old S.O.B., so be it.”

Sheriff Frank Skrah broke his silence at a press conference Thursday, in which he asked the county commissioners to reimburse him for legal expenses related to a criminal investigation…

“I’m asking you repay the funds expended by me in this matter, and terminate your attempt at managing the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.”

Skrah wouldn’t give a dollar amount…

“A lot.  And I’m not talking about 10 or 15 thousand dollars.  A lot.” ‘Any ballpark?’ “No, I’m not going to go there.”

Skrah is the focus of a criminal investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice.

“I have not been informed as to the precise focus of that investigation.”  Stated Skrah.

The Oregonian has reported the investigation contains claims of excessive force – claims which Skrah denies…

“Used excessive force on somebody?  No.  No.  Hell no.”

7 deputies went on paid leave in connection with the D.O.J. investigation into Skrah.

They had requested whistle-blower protection.

They finally returned to work earlier this week and are reporting to Skrah’s Chief Deputy, Martin Rowley.

“I do now know who was interviewed.”  Said Skrah.  “When, where, why, about what.”

Skrah maintains he did nothing wrong…

“I have done no harm to anyone.  Period.”

Klamath County Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris says the board needs to meet to address the request for reimbursement by the Sheriff.

There is still no word on when the Department of Justice investigation will be completed.

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