Klamath County Jail retirements

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Monday marked the last day on the job for some key employees at the Klamath County Jail, and Sheriff Frank Skrah says the jail is losing over 80 years of experience.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah says the retirements just happened to hit at the same time…

“Corrections Commander, Lieutenant Davidson, 32 years – Chuck Collins, Senior Sergeant, 30 years – Sergeant Woody Lugo, 20 years.”

Lieutenant Jeanette Davidson’s last day is Tuesday.

“Once I get my dogs re-trained, I hope to sleep in, a little bit.”  Says Davidson, adding “That’s a work in progress.”

Sergeant Chuck Collins hopes to spend time with hobbies in retirement.

“Photography – and I might pursue that a little bit more.”  Says Collins.  “But I think my wife’s going to have a lot of plans for me for the next few months around the house.”

Sergeant Woody Lugo will stay active in the law enforcement field.

“I’ll still be teaching at the police academy.”  Notes Lugo.  “I’ve been teaching up there for 17 years.”

Davidson, Collins, and Lugo offered advice for those filling their positions…

“Treat the inmates as well as we can, based on the behavior that we’re getting from them.”  Suggested Lt. Davidson.

“The main thing is to laugh a lot – you’ve got to have a sense of humor for this job.”  Says Sgt. Collins.

“Continue to train – because it’s very important – and to treat others like they’d like to be treated.”  Said Sgt. Lugo.

Sheriff Skrah says all 3 have been working closely with deputies for the past month.

“We have 3 people that are going to step into some shoes that are quite large.”  Says Sheriff Skrah.  “And it’s going to take them a little while to get them filled.  But I have all the confidence in the world in them.”

Voters in Klamath County will be electing a new Sheriff next week.

That Sheriff will take office in January, and make the final decisions on jail management staffing.

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