News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 8:35 a.m.
- Sheriff Roberts and Rep. Shemia Fagan (D-Clackamas) were among those packaging 83 boxes of donated items for deployed members of the Guard and Reserve on Nov. 14, 2014.
- Sheriff Roberts was on-hand in April 2008 when more than 30 soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard 41 Special Troops Battalion trained with seven members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office SWAT team at Camp Withycombe: [ 1 ] [ 2 ]
Today (February 10, 2015) at 1 p.m., Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts will travel to Salem to testify before the Oregon State Legislature's House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.
Sheriff Roberts will join others testifying in favor of House Bill 2763, the "Veterans' Pay Bill."
HB 2763 -- introduced by Rep. Shemia Fagan (D-Clackamas) -- would permit public agencies at the state and local level to supplement the military pay received by employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves while on active duty.
Under current law, public employers are prohibited from making up pay lost during a deployment because the employee's military salary is less than that of their civilian job -- creating an added hardship for citizen-soldiers and their families while they are deployed.
HB 2763 does not require public employers to supplement the pay of military employees; it only gives them the option to do so -- a benefit already provided by many leading private-sector employers.
Passage of the bill is part of a larger effort within the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide comprehensive support for employees serving in the National Guard or Reserves. This support includes the Military Employee Support Program (MESP), launched in July 2014 and detailed in this press release.
Testifying along with Sheriff Roberts today will be Rep. Fagan, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputy Marc Griffith (who was deployed overseas as a member of the National Guard), Army reservist Dan Hitchcock, and representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Three Rivers Post (#1324) and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office MESP.
More info on the 2015 Oregon House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.
More info on House Bill 2763, the "Veterans' Pay Bill."
A copy of HB 2763 is also attached as a PDF.
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office