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BLM may fund new deputy slot

By Pat Caldwell
Malheur Enterprise

VALE – Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe is working on a plan to hire a deputy to patrol the backcountry.

He said last week the position would be funded by the Bureau of Land Management.

The position was among the issues discussed at the first session of a new community advisory board established  by the sheriff’s office this summer. Wolfe said he was pleased with the first meeting, held last week.

“I thought it went well,” Wolfe said, noting he thinks the 24-member committee will be an asset for the department.

“It is still in the beginning phase,” he said. “To me, it is a sounding board. You get a good feel of what your constituents want.”

Among the discussion topics was the new backcountry deputy position.

Wolfe said . . .