By Boyd C. Allen

Sergeant Tracy Wood will be recognized as Gold Beach Chief of Police Monday. Wood said he was born in Agness and raised in Bandon, so he brings homegrown knowledge as well as love for the area.

Wood, who has been acting chief of police since August, was officially named chief in December. He said he enjoys his new role and the challenge of doing both administrative and patrol work.

“The HR part of it is different,” Wood said. “And dealing with the employees and complaints.”

According to City Administrator Jodi Fritts, Dixon Andrews, the previous chief, had been teaching Wood for three years.

“I had done the scheduling and the budgets and the employee evaluations. Dixon was mentoring me,” Wood added.

“We try to choose people who grew up here for managerial positions,” Fritts said. “We choose people who care about our community. It’s hard to get outsiders to stay.”

Wood began his law enforcement career at the Curry County jail. He recommends the same for new recruits.

“It’s good to know who you’re going to be working with,” he said.

Wood’s law enforcement experience encompasses working in the jail, as a deputy for Sheriff John Ward, as the forest deputy and then as an officer and sergeant in Gold Beach.

Fritts emphasized the importance of continuity noting Wood has already worked with law enforcement here, and knows many people in town.

Wood said, “I like that it’s small. We work very well together and the community knows us by name. Being born here, I know almost everybody.”

Wood will be sworn in by Mayor Karl Popoff at the city council meeting.

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