Sergeant Robert “Bob” Jozwiak recently announced his retirement from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after 29 years of dedicated service to the citizens and visitors of Lincoln County. His last day in uniform will be September 30th.
Bob was hired as a Corrections Officer by former Sheriff Norman Counts on May 17, 1982. The jail at that time was much different that the modern facility we have today. It was located on the third floor of the courthouse where Judge Sheryl Bachart’s courtroom currently exists and housed 24 inmates. Our current jail houses 161.
On September 05, 1984 Bob left the jail and began his career in the patrol division.
In 1986 he was awarded the Lifesaving Award for his action in rescuing a man from the surf near Yachats.
In 1987 Bob was assigned as the Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Deputy where he remained until he was promoted. Lt. Dave Carey, the Sheriff’s Patrol Commander gives Bob a great deal of credit for his own career with Lincoln County. The two met in the late 1980’s while Bob was a marine deputy and Lt. Carey was serving in the Coast Guard in Newport. Lt. Carey stated that Bob talked him into applying when his enlistment was ending.
In January of 1992 Bob was promoted to Patrol Sergeant where he has served diligently ever since. Aside from a sergeants duty to oversee the functions of patrol and investigations Bob has overseen countless programs. Most notably he has served for many years as the Marine Program Manager and the Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator.
As the Marine Program Manager he has worked closely with the Oregon State Marine Board and other partners around the state to ensure Lincoln County always had the resources to effectively ensure the boating safety in our community.
As the SAR Coordinator, Bob has successfully overseen countless very successful missions that undoubtedly saved many lives. Because Oregon Sheriffs all work together to help each other on large missions, Bob has been very involved statewide ensuring the best SAR policies and laws were in place.
In September of 2010 Bob was appointed by Governor Kulongoski to the Governor’s SAR Policy Commission.
Bob has honorably served for four elected Sheriff’s that include Norm Counts, Larry Spencer, John O’Brien and current Sheriff Dennis Dotson.
Sheriff Dotson stated, “As a great person with three decades of knowledge and experience, Bob will be greatly missed. But he will always be a part of this great Sheriff’s Office family.”
Author John Amen
Saturday, October 15th, 7 pm
Newport Visual Arts Center
John Amen is the author of three collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer (Uccelli Press 2003), More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications 2005), and At the Threshold of Alchemy (Presa 2009). In addition, his work has appeared in numerous publications nationally and internationally. He has released two folk/folk rock CDs: All I’ll Never Need (Cool Midget 2004) and Ridiculous Empire (2008). He is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas. Further information is available on his website: www.johnamen.com. Amen travels widely giving readings, doing musical performances, and conducting workshops. He founded and continues to edit The Pedestal Magazine (www.thepedestalmagazine.com).
Show begins at 7 pm in the second floor meeting room of the Newport Visual Arts Center, located at 777 NW Beach Drive (across from the Nye Beach Turnaround). General admission is $6 at the door, students always admitted free. Light refreshments will be available.
NEWPORT, Ore. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel near Yaquina Bay, Ore., Sunday.
Coast Guard Group/Air Station North Bend received a report from the crew of the 50-foot fishing vessel Western Breeze that a 43-year-old male crewmember was suffering from chest and neck pain, and was in need of medical assistance.
An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport was dispatched to the scene approximately 24 miles west/northwest of Yaquina Bay. The crew hoisted the man into the helicopter with a rescue litter and flew him to Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital in Newport.
The man was in stable condition when he arrived at the hospital.
The missions of Group North Bend include maritime search and rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties, providing aids to navigation, and marine environmental protection. In addition, the Air Station frequently assists federal, state and county agencies by responding to calls for assistance with inland searches and medical evacuations of injured loggers.
During the week of September 19-23, Thompson’s Sanitary Service, Dahl Disposal and North Lincoln Sanitary will be picking up food donations from the curb, benefiting Food Share of Lincoln Co. On your regular pick-up day, simply put out non-perishable food items next to your service cart and they will deliver it to Food Share.
Saying that there is just too much work to do to make a proposed Newport Business License ordinance comply with proper intent, not to mention compliance with state law, the Newport City Council said they’ll give the Business License Task Force until January to work with city staff, local property management firms, and two city councilors to produce a possible solution.
City Attorney Christy Monson told the city council that the city’s current business license law is badly flawed and that it might be better if they started over from scratch. City staff had demanded three local property management firms pay thousands of dollars for their business licenses as opposed to the standard $75/year plus additional fees for each rental property they own themselves and property they manage for others for a fee.
Although Dolphin, Mishey and Yaquina Bay Properties paid $75 each for their business licenses earlier in the year, they had refused to pay an extra tax based on the total number of units they managed. While this face off was going on, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that no city or county can levy what amounts to an income tax…an income tax derived from the concept that the more units a real estate firm manages, the more money they make and therefore should pay more for a business license. Dolphin, Mishey and Yaquina Bay protested the added tax.
After meeting with the firms and their attorney Dennis Bartoldous, City Manager Jim Voetberg said he had withdrawn earlier demands for payment of the original billing, but then offered to let the properties pay just the extra $8/year per unit on property their company’s own rather than on all units they manage. Whether even that reduced amount would conform to the court of appeals seeming prohibition against “income taxing” remains to be seen.
The issue is expected to continue swirling as the council, city staff and the firms continue to arm wrestle as the city’s new business license ordinance is ultimately crafted. City Attorney Christy Monson told the council that any city ordinance should be clear in its intent, function and enforcement and that’s hopefully what the council is offered this January when a final draft of a city business license ordinance is presented to the council for review and possible adoption.
Although they expressed themselves very politely during Monday’s workshop meeting, a number of Newport City Councilors made it clear that they are not happy with their level of access to, or communications with contract City Attorney Christy Monson. Monson, part of a Eugene law firm, found herself in the awkward position of trying to likewize politely referee the debate between councilors David Allen, Dean Sawyer, Dick Beemer, Sandra Roumagoux on one side, and Mayor Mark McConnell and Lon Brusselback on the other. Brussleback said he was satisfied with the situation adding “I help make policy; it’s not my job to be involved with the day to day business of the city.” McConnell has also supported the current communications arrangement which is designed to keep the city’s billable hours with the city attorney to a minimum while the council sticks to making policy rather than being active in daily city operations.
However, councilors Allen, Sawyer, Beemer and Roumagoux all said, in effect, they feel left in the dark when certain legal recommendations are offered or decisions are made, with Monson’s assent, by City Manager Jim Voetberg, and the council isn’t informed. One example was Voetberg recently reversing the council’s decision to award a police car maintenance contract to a local tire and repair shop. Councilor Beemer said he took his own car to be worked on at the garage in question and told the owner, “Hey, glad you got the contract.” Beemer said “Imagine my embarrassment when he said, ‘the contract was pulled. We didn’t get it.'” Voetberg chimed in saying that the contract was pulled because another garage that filed a competing bid claimed prejudice in the way their bid was evaluated, “so we pulled it,” Voetberg said.
City Councilor David Allen strongly suggested that the council should have at least been sent an email, notifying them of the reversal. City Attorney Christy Monson disagreed. “That decision is rightly left to the discretion of the city manager. I can’t order him to tell you. That’s an issue of judgement that traditionally lies with city staff.” Allen then suggested that when she is forwarding an opinion or critical observation on a substantive issue, to tell Voetberg to forward the information to city councilors. Monson replied that she prefers to stick with her firm’s policies on attorney-city communications, leaving it up to the chief of staff, in this case, Jim Voetberg to make that call. She said “it’s never a good idea to have sensitive legal emails ‘floating around out there’ hoping they don’t fall into the wrong hands or that a councilor inadvertently talks about it. Allen replied that nothing in connection with the police car maintenance award or reversal was confidential.
Voetberg offered an olive branch by re-characterizing the issue as within the discretion of his office in that such maintenance contracts are routinely authorized by staff without council involvement, much like buying supplies or contracting for important services. He said that next time he will pre-approve the apparent lowest bid, wait until after the legally required seven day appeal period has passed, and if no appeal is filed, then he will forward the contract to the council for their concurrence.
Allen made it plain that he’s not asking for the council to be informed of every conversation between Monson and Voetberg, but that communications that the council has a duty to know about in order to make proper decisions, must be improved. Allen said later Monday night during the council’s regular meeting that when Monson was hired “provisionally,” the council agreed that Mayor McConnell and City Manager Voetberg should be the primary contacts for the city attorney. Allen said the somewhat restricted arrangement was to help keep the councilors off the phone with the city attorney so they didn’t run up the city’s legal bill. However, in light of what Allen called several communications problems, and the fact that Monson is no longer “provisional,” Allen said it may be time to re-examine the rules about council’s access to her. Mayor McConnell replied that the issue will be placed on the city council’s next meeting agenda.