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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 Tommy Moore at 503-982-5256 or

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.

Public Works Director Set to Retire After 28 Years With City

Woodburn Public Works Director Randy Scott has announced he will be retiring, effective Oct. 31, 2016.

Randy has been with the City of Woodburn for 28 years and has worked in Woodburn for 38 years in total, working with a private engineering firm for 10 years prior to coming to the City.

35th Annual National Night Out to be Held Aug. 7

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, neighborhoods throughout Woodburn are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 35th Annual National Night Out crime/drug prevention event.

Be Safe With Legal Fireworks

It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations and we at the City want our residents to have a great holiday — and a safe one! Below are some safety tips to remember when handling or enjoying fireworks this season:

WPD Makes Two Arrests on Separate Vehicle Thefts

Woodburn police officers arrested two men on two separate stolen vehicle calls Saturday.

The first incident involved Raul Chacon, 31, of Woodburn stealing a relative’s car near the area of Brown Street and Tulip Avenue in Woodburn. Officers responded to the location and discovered that Chacon had stolen the vehicle earlier in the day. When the vehicle was recovered, stolen paperwork was found inside linking Chacon to another stolen vehicle. 

Woodburn Estates Raises $1,500 for WPD

The Woodburn Estates & Golf Pancake Breakfast on April 25 raised $1,500 for the Woodburn Police Department. The WPD will use the money raised for a portable police/traffic trailer.

Total cost for the trailer is $11,000, which will be shared between police and public works departments.

Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris said the need for the trailer came about from citizen complaints.

New WPD App Helps Nab Most Wanted Suspect

Last week the Woodburn Police Department launched its mobile app, which is available on Apple, Android and Windows platforms. A week later it has already help catch one of Woodburn’s most wanted.

On Monday, May 2 a Woodburn police officer was showing the new app to a community member. As the officer was explaining the app the resident identified one of Woodburn’s most wanted, Wilfrido Manriguez-Dominguez and said he frequents the Woodburn 7-Eleven.

City-Owned Vacant Houses to be Demolished

On Monday, April 25 the Urban Renewal Agency authorized the demolition and removal of vacant City-owned houses located at 137 and 175 S. First Street.

The first step will be to conduct an environmental assessment and abate any asbestos or led paint contamination that may exist on the premises. That is expected to happen in the next couple weeks.


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