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From: Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, (503) 742-5911

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Clackamas County agrees to settlement in Weighmaster case

Clackamas County has agreed to settle a wrongful death claim with the widow of a county weighmaster, Grady Waxenfelter, who was killed on the job Feb. 6, 2014.

The $700,000 settlement was formally approved by the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday.

“A settlement will not bring back Grady. But this settlement will hopefully demonstrate to Grady’s family that his loss was not in vain and will never be forgotten. The Board of County Commissioners acknowledges the terrible loss to the Waxenfelter family and wishes them peace and healing in the months ahead,” said Clackamas County Chair John Ludlow.

With this settlement, Clackamas County reaffirms its actions taken since the tragic loss of Waxenfelter:

“Since Grady’s tragic death, changes were made to the Weighmaster program. The county has learned valuable lessons and will implement changes to make the resulting program safer and more effective for employees and the public,” said Ludlow.

Tedra Waxenfelter, Grady’s widow issued a statement on behalf of the family.

“The Waxenfelter family truly appreciates the county’s actions and is grateful for the recognition of Grady and Grady’s contributions to the county,” she said.


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