Press Releases

Press Coverage

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

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.

Mayor Figley Proclaims 'Nikki DeBuse Day'

At tonight's Woodburn City Council meeting, Mayor Kathy Figley pronounced Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 "Nikki DeBuse Day." Nikki has been with the Woodburn Independent since 1988 and has been its publisher since 2009 and is leaving to further her career in Forest Grove. Nikki has been a community advocate for many years, including help found Love Santa, Inc., a local nonprofit that makes Christmas brighter for thousands of people over the years.

Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Thieves at Sunglass Hut

The Woodburn Police Department is asking the public’s help in identifying suspects in a theft that occurred at The Sunglass Hut at Woodburn Premium Outlets on Jan. 14.

A male suspect took a single pair of Versace sunglasses, black and gold with leather bridge guard.

DLCD Approves Woodburn's Final UGB Amendment

On Monday, Jan. 11 the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) approved Woodburn’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) amendment, ending a near 20-year land use dispute over the expansion of Woodburn’s City limits.

Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Suspects Who Stole Expensive Sunglasses

The Woodburn Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying individuals who stole a $260 pair of Versace sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut at Woodburn Premium Outlets.

Jim Ferraris Sworn In as New Woodburn Police Chief

Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris was sworn in tonight in front of family, friends and new and former colleagues. He replaces Scott Russell, who recently retired after a 28-year career, including the past 13 as Woodburn's police chief.

Woodburn PD Welcomes New Officer

The Woodburn Police Department welcomed new officer Jacob Stout this week. He was sworn in by Judge Janice Zyryanoff on Tuesday morning in front of several members of the WPD.

'Shop with a Cop' Brightens Christmas for nearly 70 Elementary Students

This week Woodburn police officers, along with some officers from Hubbard, Gervais, Silverton and Mount Angel and members of the Woodburn Fire District participated in "Shop with a Cop" at Walmart and made Christmas just a little brighter for 68 Woodburn elementary students.


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