- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Deschutes County’s newest sheriff is taking over amid an almost 7.5 percent budget increase, jail expansion and a lawsuit.

The Bend Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/1H6003A) Shane Nelson has been with the sheriff’s office for 22 years and was sworn in last week as the head of a 200-employee department functioning under a $43.3 million budget.

The department’s newest leader will have to deal with results of a state justice department investigation into an inmate’s December death and the subsequent lawsuit filed by the family.

The jail is also undergoing an expansion to support inmates with severe mental health or medical conditions.

Nelson says he worries about expanding use of marijuana, which became recreationally legal the day he was sworn in.

Former Sheriff Larry Blanton urged county commissioners to approve his successor, and Nelson says he plans to run for the office in the November 2016 election.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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