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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

April is Childhood Abuse Awareness Month

April is Childhood Abuse Prevention and Woodburn Mayor Kathy Figley read a Proclamation at the March 28 City Council meeting. You can view it here.

Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris, who sits on the board of directors at Liberty House, a Childhood Abuse Assessment Center, has a message for the public here.

Library Atrium Named in Honor of Former Mayor Nancy Kirksey

Woodburn Mayor Kathy Figley honored former Mayor Nancy Kirksey at Monday's Woodburn City Council meeting by naming the Atrium in Woodburn Public Library in her honor. Kirksey, who was lured to the meeting under false pretenses only to be surprised by the honor, was genuinely appreciative of the honor.

"I had no idea and I am truly honored," Kirksey said.

WPD Searching for Missing Teen

The Woodburn Police Department is asking the public's help in finding 17-year-old Edwin Ordex-Casas. Edwin left Woodburn High School yesterday, March 3, and has not been seen since. According to family, Edwin has been upset recently.
Edwin is described as 5-feet-9, 125 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes last, seen wearing black pants, a black adidas jacket, white adidas shoes, carrying an orange and black backpack. 

City Looking for Community Participation

Got trees? The City is getting ready to celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, April 9 and we would love to see your photos of you and your family with your favorite tree (or trees) in Woodburn!

Snap your photo and post it to the City's Facebook page and tell us what you love about your favorite tree.

We may select your tree to be featured in an upcoming E-blast!

WPD Participates in Polar Plunge

Woodburn Police Officers and family members jumped into the 40-degree Columbia River and were honored to do so for the Special Olympics Oregon. The Polar Plunge took place Feb. 27 at Broughton Beach in Portland and hundreds of law enforcement officers from across Oregon participated in this year’s event, raising money for the Special Olympics.

Distinguished Service Award Recipients Announced


The Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) recipients were announced this morning at the Chamber of Commerce's weekly Greeters Program.

Youth of the Year was given to Abby Velasco (pictured 
above, far right)

Authorities Seek Public's Help in Locating Man

The Psychiatric Security Review Board and the Woodburn Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Daniel Scott Moore. Mr. Moore walked away from his residential treatment facility at approximately 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8. He was last seen in the Woodburn area. He has lived in Marion County for several years.

Judge Lori Coukoulis Sworn In as New Judge

At the Jan. 25 Woodburn City Council meeting, new Municipal Judge Lori Coukoulis was sworn in by retiring Judge Janice Zyryanoff.

Coukoulis isn't unfamiliar with Woodburn, however. She has been the judge pro tem the past two years here.

City Hires Gustavo Gutierrez Gomez as Community Relations Manager

The City of Woodburn is excited to announce the hiring of Gustavo Gutierrez Gomez, as its new Community Relations Manager.

Previously, Gutierrez Gomez worked out of Marion County's Woodburn office as a nutrition education case manager.

Moving to the City and this position, he said, was a natural move for him.

Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Thief

On Jan. 15 around 8:50 a.m. a young woman was at Mega Foods in Woodburn, when she left her clutch purse sitting on the end of the bagging table. The woman left the store and after she realized she had left her purse she returned to the store at 8:55 a.m., only to find the purse was not there. After reviewing surveillance footage officers determined that another customer at the store had taken the purse.


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