This is an aerial view of the North Spit, the proposed site for the Jordan Cove liquified natural gas pipeline.

This is an aerial view of the North Spit, the proposed site for the Jordan Cove liquified natural gas pipeline.

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The Coos County Sheriff’s Office plans to hire nine new employees starting in July to fill out its combined service unit with Jordan Cove LNG.

At preliminary budget hearings last week, the sheriff’s office purposed its LNG division budget, which is just over $3 million for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The division is completely funded through Jordan Cove LNG, no county dollars are used to fund this combined service unit.

The combined service unit was approved well before Coos County Sheriff Craig Zanni was elected to his position. When he took office he agreed to continue to work with Jordan Cove to develop the LNG division.
 
“When I became sheriff they asked if I’d be willing to work with this program, and I told them I’m willing to provide security with law enforcement officers, I am not willing to give security people law enforcement powers,” Zanni said.

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