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Jail Operating Citizens Advisory Committee

This committee was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to "serve in an advisory capacity to the Columbia County Sheriff and to the Columbia County Board of Commissioners concerning the proper appropriation of jail levy funds for operation of the Columbia County Jail."

The committee consists of nine members (with two current vacancies) appointed by the County Board of Commissioners and serve without compensation.


 Citizens Advisory Committee Finds

Jail Funds Spent Appropriately /

Capacity Goals Met

The Columbia County Jail "is extremely well run".  Thus says the report issued by the Citizens' Advisory Committee the Board of County Commissioners established in 2014  to ensure that the  levy passed by voters to keep the jail operating was being used to fund jail operations and not other County expenses.   

The Committee has found the operating funds to be spent effectively and efficiently on keeping the jail working to provide a safe and secure custody environment.  The jail has reached the capacity goals set forth by the levy in 2014 and has has ceased from the forced releases brought about by reduced funding levels.

The jail also has benefited tremendously from the rental of beds to the U.S. Marshal, the committee has found.  Adding federal inmates to the cost of operating the jail is approximately $11 per inmate, while the federal government pays $80 per inmate, the committee has determined, adding an additional $1.4 million dollars that local taxpayers do not have to pay to keep the jail in operation.   For the entire report, click on the link below:


JOCAC Jail Operations Report 


Committee Members 

Richard Lager (Warren), Chair

Gregory Lines (St. Helens), Vice Chair

Greg Hinkelman (Clatskanie)

Jeff Auxier (Scapoose)

Lester Kahr (Clatskanie)

Rita Bernhard (Scappoose)

Dave Crawford (Mist)





Next Scheduled Meeting (Public Meeting)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018,  7 p.m. --  At the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, 901 Port Ave. St. Helens.


 Meeting Agendas                                 Approved Minutes                                       

  NA                                                   Minutes from Sept. 9, 2014                    

  NA                                                   Minutes from Oct. 14, 2014

November 2014 Agenda                        Minutes from Nov. 18, 2014                 

January 2015 Agenda                           Minutes from Jan. 13, 2015     

February 2015 Agenda                          Minutes from Feb. 10, 2015           

March 2015 Agenda                             Minutes from March 10, 2015               

April 2015 Agenda                               Minutes from April 14, 2015

May 2015 Agenda                                Minutes from May 15, 2015           

October 2015 Agenda                          Minutes from October 13, 2015          

January 2016 Agenda                           Minutes from January 12, 2016            

February 2016 Agenda                         Minutes from February 10, 2016            

March 2016 Agenda                             Minutes from March 9, 2016          

April 2016 Agenda            Minutes from April 12, 2016    

May 2016 Agenda              Minutes from May 10, 2016    

July 2016 Agenda                                Meeting not Held (Lack of Quorum) 

August 2016 Agenda                            Minutes from August 9, 2016   

October 2016 Agenda                          Minutes from October 11, 2016   

January 2017 Agenda                          Minutes from January 20, 2017     

May 2017 Agenda                                Minutes from May 10, 2017             

August 2017 Agenda            Minutes from August 8, 2017 not yet approved

November 2017 Agenda                       Minutes from November 14, 2017 not yet approved

February 2018 Agenda                





Last Updated on Thursday, 08 February 2018 15:26