The group sent the complaint to the Oregon Department of Justice and Oregon State Police Sept. 19 with the hopes of pushing back against Mayor Heather Rookstool, who they accuse of violating the city charter.
Grant County Sheriff Todd McKinley said John Day losing its small police force — only two officers at the time of its closure — has further strained his department. The sheriff’s office has eight people to patrol the entire county, he said.
No matter how you look at it, Grant County – five hours southeast of Portland – is a deeply divided place. But the county’s several small towns bear the hallmark of many rural communities: everyone knows everyone, and people look out for their own.