The perception of the manner in which the Curry County Board of Commissioners operates is that of bullyism and ego-feeding. Department heads are ridiculed and silenced while airing legitimate concerns.

Reducing the sheriff’s budget by over one-half million dollars to a short-staffed law enforcement agency carries the odor of “defunding the police” as we see in our radical cities. When I first came to this county, there were 16 road deputies, now there are five on a good day to cover a 24-hour period. We have an excellent sheriff, who is not a paper pusher but responds to critical calls with his people. He has an excellent staff that is proven by their ability to protect the citizens of this county, solve cases and certainly rescue those in dire straits throughout this county.

I survived 25 years of law enforcement in the middle of “gang land” in California. I know what it is to be in a critical situation with help over 30 minutes away. The BOC is obviously not concerned about the risks that the men and women endure because they refuse to provide the necessary funding and support of an excellent department worthy of such.

The BOC is charged with providing a safe a regulated government for the people. The priority would be law enforcement and regulations including mandatory civil departments. Instead, there are too many outside ego projects. There is a major flaw in our county government when one person, without a medical background, can dismantle a county health system and turn over to the state. Given the state’s poorly managed pandemic crisis, why would one do that?

This county is declining in everything because of governmental fighting, spending outside of the mandatory requirements. Businesses want a functional government, law enforcement, housing and medical resources. That’s the tax base, not the retired citizens who are the majority.

Ray Van Eck

Gold Beach


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