Press Releases

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The following are press releases sent out by the City of Woodburn on various police and other City-related news. For more information, contact Jason Horton at 503-982-5256 or

Woodburn K9 Rudy Retires

Woodburn’s Police K9 Rudy has retired, effective Feb. 10 at the age of 9 1/2 years old.

Rudy entered duty with the Woodburn Police Department in September 2011 and partnered with his handler, Officer Adam Stewart. Rudy completed basic police K9 training from Sept. 19 to Oct. 26, 2011 for a total of 240 initial training hours and he and Stewart passed their first Patrol K9 standards test that same month to become a patrol K9 team certified by the Oregon Police Canine Association.

Woodburn Police Chief Hires, Promotes 12 on Historic Night

Photo caption: Back row, l-r: Sgt. Altabef, Sgt. Araiza, Deputy Chief Boyd, Chief Ferraris, Support Services Manager Eubank, Lt. Millican, Lt. Pilcher, Sgt. Hershberger; front row, l-r: Officer White, Officer Gill, Officer Ponce, Officer Vasquez, Officer Smith.


Chief Ferraris Addresses Hate Crimes, Immigration Fears

As I am out and about in the Woodburn community I talk with many people. With the recent election behind us, I've been made aware of two issues that cause me some concern. Those issues in our community have to do with fear about hate crimes and confusion and fear about the role of local police in immigration matters. 


Hate Crimes

Fiesta Designated Oregon Heritage Tradition

The City of Woodburn was notified this week that the Fiesta Mexicana was designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

City leaders presented the Fiesta to the Commission on Jan. 23 before it was approved.

OSP Urges Drives to be Careful During Holiday Weekend

The Oregon State Police is urging people to travel safely this holiday weekend. With at least 10 people losing their lives on state highways in recent days, OSP is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. Other traffic advisories to motorists are winter travel conditions, Black Friday shopping and the Civil War game in Corvallis.

This holiday period (Wednesday through Sunday) will see one of the highest volumes of traffic in over a decade according to AAA Oregon/Idaho.

Chief Ferraris Completes Leadership Program

Jim Ferraris, Chief of Police of the city of Woodburn (Oregon) Police Department, Woodburn, Oregon, completed the Executive Leaders Program at Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security Nov. 10, 2016.

Keith Boyd Hired as Deputy Police Chief

Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris is pleased to announce the hiring of Keith Boyd as his Deputy Police Chief. Boyd has been employed by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office in California since May 1996. Prior to that he was with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office for nearly a year.

Chief Ferraris Promotes Jason Millican to Lieutenant

As part of the police department reorganization, Chief Jim Ferraris announced the promotion of Sgt. Jason Millican to lieutenant. A second lieutenant will be hired through an external process which is ongoing and those positions will serve as division commanders.

Millican was interviewed by a panel of community members, government and law enforcement leaders, followed by an interview with Chief Ferraris. The promotion will be effective Nov. 1.

Heather Pierson Given Mary Tennant Excellence Award

City Administrator Scott Derickson announced that Heather Pierson will receive the Mary Tennant Award for Excellence in Service at Monday's City Council meeting. Pierson currently serves as the City Recorder.

The award is Woodburn's highest honor for service, ethics and professionalism.

Ability to Text 911 Emergencies Now Available

METCOM 911 dispatch center, which serves much of rural Marion County as well as portions of Linn and Clackamas counties, is one of seven dispatch agencies (Clackamas County, Clatsop County, Clark County WA, Columbia County, Multnomah County, Washington County and Marion/METCOM service area) to launch the text to 911 service on Aug. 23.


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