Clackamas County Commissioners will continue with their digital listening session series this coming Thursday, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., to hear about community concerns about coronavirus impacts.
Since closing most county buildings to the public, the Board of County Commissioners has held several listening sessions and a Town Hall (https://www.clackamas.us/bcc/listening-sessions) in order to hear the public give opinions, relay personal experiences, and state their hopes/worries about the pandemic’s short-term and long-term effects. The board’s weekly Business Meetings (https://www.clackamas.us/meetings/bcc/business) are also being held digitally.
The sessions have proven popular. The topic for this coming Thursday’s session is:
Crime and Justice during and after coronavirus
During the ongoing pandemic, incidences of certain criminal behavior have increased when compared with past years’ data. This includes domestic violence, child abuse, and burglaries. Our court system has also had to make changes to its procedures in response to the pandemic.
What are the short-term and long-term worries of #ClackCo residents with regard to crime because of the effects of the pandemic? What about our court system? What should county priorities be in these areas, both now and later?
Commissioner Sonya Fischer
Commissioner Paul Savas
Undersheriff Angie Brandenburg
Circuit Court Presiding Judge Kathie Steele
Deputy District Attorney John Wentworth
How to join
Commissioners have been holding meetings over Zoom. To join the event via Zoom or call in, members of the public can click on the April 23 listening session page on https://www.clackamas.us/bcc/listening-sessions for information.
For those who cannot join the event, but would still like to relay a comment or ask a question, email ClackCoNews@clackamas.us with “Crime Listening Session” in the subject line, and be sure to provide your name and city/area of residence. One question/comment per resident, please.