By Associated Press - Thursday, April 16, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner is leaving after four years on the job to become the chief of police in Florence, Oregon.

Florence City Manager said Turner signed a contract Wednesday to become chief, effective May 1.

The Register-Guard reports ( ) Turner will make $94,000 a year - about $30,000 less than his annual pay as sheriff. The contract is for one year, but is automatically renewed each year after an employee evaluation.

Turner’s term as sheriff would have run through the end of 2016.

Chief Ray Gutierrez retired at the end of 2013, but the city held off on a hire after its former city manager left for another job.

Turner will oversee a staff of 23 full-time workers. His duties also include supervision of the 18-cell municipal jail and the West Lane County 911 dispatch center.


Information from: The Register-Guard,

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