Sheriff candidate Steve Frey outlines campaign positions at Wednesday event
Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff Steve Frey, candidate for Lincoln County Sheriff, will talk about his campaign positions at an event sponsored by Lincoln County Democrats Wednesday night. The event is at the Lincoln County PUD building (2129 N. Coast Highway) in Newport at 7:00 p.m.
“I am running for Lincoln County Sheriff because I believe the county will benefit from a more community-based approach to law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office can do much more to work with communities in crime prevention,” Frey said. “More frequent public contact by patrols builds a positive relationship with law enforcement, and reinforces the idea that the community and the Office are essential partners in crime prevention,” he added.
Frey is also very concerned about what he sees as a revolving door at the Lincoln County Jail. “I will work closely with the District Attorney’s office, other county departments, state agencies and local non-profit organizations to lower our recidivism rate,” Frey said. “A lot of this repeat incarceration in Lincoln County is due to substance abuse problems,” Frey added, and said he believes the Sheriff’s Office can assist other agencies in tackling drug and alcohol abuse to reduce crime.
Frey said he if he had been Sheriff this year he would have vigorously opposed outsourcing dispatch services to Willamette Valley Communication, and worked to keep our dispatchers locally-based. “While I support fiscal discipline and know how to practice it from my years in management in the U.S. Coast Guard, outsourcing good jobs and the salaries they provide doesn’t make sense for Lincoln County,” Frey said. “We need good family-wage jobs here, and simply giving this service away to the City of Salem was a bad move. Better long-term budget planning would have helped us avoid this loss,” he added.
Frey became a Lincoln County resident in 1989 when he was first stationed here in the U.S. Coast Guard. “Although I was deployed elsewhere after that, I have always considered Lincoln County my home.” He was hired as a Lincoln County Corrections Deputy in 2002 after retiring from the Coast Guard with the rank of Chief. His son, recently home from the Marine Corps, was born and raised in Newport and is a graduate of Newport High School. For more information about Steve Frey, visit his website.