2019 Swearing-in Ceremony and Reception
On Thursday, January 3, 2019, Sheriff Scott Jackson and Commissioner Pat Malone were sworn into office by presiding Judge Williams.

This marks the beginning of Commissioner Malone's first term and Sheriff Jackson’s second term. In July 2013, Jackson was unanimously appointed by the Board of Commissioners to fulfill retiring Sheriff Simpson's term in office, and in 2014 was elected Sheriff by the voters of Benton County. Sheriff Jackson is Benton County's 30th Sheriff.

Criminal Justice Assessment Final Report and Community Meeting
Join us for the Criminal Justice System Assessment’s Final Report and Community Meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Corvallis, 400 SW 1st St, Corvallis, OR 97333. 

Parking is available on-site. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., light snacks will be provided.
Sustainability Program awarded grant for Fairgrounds improvements
Every year over 50,000 single-use cups, plates or utensils are thrown away at the Fairgrounds. The County Sustainability Program recently applied for nearly $15,000 in grant funding from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to purchase a commercial dishwasher and improve the kitchen facilities at the County Fairgrounds. 
This improvement project will result in an immediate reduction in the amount of solid waste at the Fairgrounds; in the first year alone, the project is expected to reduce the disposal of single-use dishes and utensils by 50%. 
Registration open for large animal rescue training
Registration is now open for a two day awareness course in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER). 

This training is open to anyone, but will be specifically geared towards fire department personnel, first responders, veterinarians, search & rescue members, animal rescue specialists, livestock breeders, horse trainers, and any large animal owner.

Discretionary Grant Funding from Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund Available

Applications due February 1, 2019
Funding is available from the new Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) for two statewide competitive discretionary grant programs.

Eligible project applicants are Oregon Public Transportation Providers, which may include transit districts, transportation districts, Indian Tribes, cities, counties, special districts, and other public agencies engaged in providing public transportation services. 

Non-profit and for-profit transit providers are not eligible. However, eligible applicants may contract with a non-profit or for-profit entity to provide transportation services under an approved grant.

You're invited: Meet and Greet with Health Department Director Finalists
The Benton County Board of Commissioners invites the public to meet the finalists for the Director of Benton County Health Services position at a public reception on January 10, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Sunset Building, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333.

Each candidate will give a brief presentation, followed by an invitation for all staff and community members to speak with the candidates in an informal setting. A comment card will be provided at the event and then collected and shared with the hiring committee prior to their selection.

Refreshments will be provided. The reception is free and open to the public, no RSVP is necessary.

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