In an open letter, a spokesperson for the JCSEA wrote the resignation is unfortunate given the “healthy relationship we have fostered over the years.”
The letter goes on to say that the current cooperative leadership approach that Sheriff Falls uses makes greater use of tax revenue and allows more resources to go toward public safety instead of labor issues with lengthy grievances and litigation. It continues, “The successful cooperation of the last two years is a testimony to this administration’s dedication to professionalism and public safety, which is a striking contrast to the methods of his predecessor.”
According to the letter, the JCSEA recognizes an Undersheriff or Chief Deputy position may suffice as a short term solution for the vacant sheriff’s seat, but there are significant concerns about the authority a non-elected official would have.
The JCSEA letter went on to ask that the Jackson County Sheriff’s seat not go unfilled for any length of time.
You can read the full letter from the JCSEA HERE.
Sheriff Corey Falls plans joining the Gresham Police Department as Director of Police Services and 21st Century Policing.
Sheriff Falls confirmed to NBC5 News over the phone that he is accepting the Gresham position. He declined an on-camera interview request.
In a media release, Falls wrote in part, “As a kid who grew up in Jackson County this decision has weighed heavily on me but it is the best decision for my family. I want to thank the citizens of Jackson County for allowing me to serve as your Sheriff over the past two years. I also want to thank all the men and women at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. They have been open and receptive to the many improved professional changes we have made. It has been a pleasure working with them.”
You can read the entire statement HERE.