SHERIFF PURSUING NEW POLICY ON SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION

Curry County will soon have a system for notifying residents when sex offenders are living in their community, Sheriff Kent Owens said Monday.

andquot;We're working to establish a policy where people will be notified without exception,andquot; said Owens, who said that until now notification has been done on a case-by-case basis.

The sheriff said he is moving quickly on the policy and expects to release it to the public within the next two weeks.

Prompted by the outcry following the murder of Carol Zimmerman, which some residents feel could have been prevented with a better notification process, Owens has been consulting with officials in Clackamas County.

andquot;I'm going to follow their lead,andquot; said Owens, noting Clackamas officials have been very aggressive about notifying residents when there is a registered sex offender living among them.

Curry County Parole and Probation Officer Clint Laird said that he is currently supervising two registered sex offenders, a teenager and an adult.

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