Oregon State Police crime lab director out of Pendleton, Keith Kerr, gestures while talking about the chemistry testing area at the Pendleton crime lab in Aug. 2011.

Oregon State Police crime lab director out of Pendleton, Keith Kerr, gestures while talking about the chemistry testing area at the Pendleton crime lab in Aug. 2011.

The East Oregonian

Umatilla County Board of Commissioners entered the fight to keep the Oregon State Police crime lab in Pendleton.

Gov. Kate Brown proposed closing Eastern Oregon’s only Forensic Services Division facility and sending its six employees to other labs as a cost-cutting measure in the next biennium.

County commissioners at their public meeting Wednesday approved a resolution opposing the closure.

The resolution notes shutting down the Pendleton lab would save the state all of $1.5 million while the closest lab would be in Clackamas, 212 miles away.

Read more at The East Oregonian.