- Associated Press - Thursday, December 22, 2016

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners wants to keep the Oregon State Police crime lab in Pendleton.

The East Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/k1i2bT ) that commissioners on Wednesday approved a resolution opposing the potential closure of Eastern Oregon’s only Forensic Services Division facility.

Gov. Kate Brown had proposed closing the lab and sending its six employees to other labs in the state as a cost-cutting measure in the next biennium.

According to the commissioners’ resolution, closing the Pendleton lab would save the state $1.5 million but would make the closest lab be 212 miles away in Clackamas. Lab workers would still have to drive about three hours from the Clackamas lab to testify in Umatilla County if they were to move facilities.


Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.com

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide