True to his word, Josephine County Gil Gilbertson began releasing convicted felons from his jail this week, laying off 90% of of his deputies and gave advice to women who have restraining orders against violent men…”move to a county that can protect you because we can’t.”
Despite paying a property tax rate that is the lowest in the state (20% of the state average), Josephine County voters turned down a tax increase that would still have put them well below the state average. The Oregonian reports that Sheriff Gilbertson complains that he did his best to warn the citizens that things were dire, “but they didn’t believe us. So now we’re sunk. I’ve got three deputies on the street for the whole county, 24/7.”
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