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  Parole & Probation
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  Building Facilities
  Clerk
  Commissioners
  Comm. on Children/Family
  County Counsel
  Douglas Interagency Narcotics
  District Attorney
  Emergency Comm. 911
  Fairgrounds Complex & Speedway
  Fleet
  Health & Social Services
  Human Resources
  Information Technology
  Justice of the Peace
  Juvenile
  Land
  Library
  Management & Finance
  Museum
  Parks
  Planning
  Public Works
  Salmon Harbor
  Sheriff's
  Special Services
  Surveyor's Office
  Treasurer's Office
  Veterans Services

Adult Parole & Probation Justice Bldg - Room 206 (541) 957-8148 Allen Boice , Director
The Community Corrections, Parole and Probation Department provides supervision to adult offenders on parole, probation, compact supervision and conditional discharge, in addition to providing presentence investigation services to the Courts. The program provides sentencing alternatives and aims at enhancing public safety by assisting the offender in learning the skills to solve the problems which lead to criminal activity.

The following department programs are currently in effect: Field Services; Alcohol/Drug Treatment; Mental Health Services & Plethysmograph; Drug Treatment; Subsidy; Automation & Telecommunication; Electronic Monitoring; Community Corrections Work Crew Supervisor, Community Service; Custody Work Crew Supervisor; DUII supervision; Support Services; and Training/Polygraph.


Assessor & Tax Courthouse - Room 206 (541) 440-4222 Susan Acree, Assessor
The County Assessor is an elected official with a four-year term of office. The County Assessor's chief responsibilities are to appraise property; to maintain ownership maps and indexes of property; to approve and monitor special farm and forest assessments and all exemption programs; and to prepare an assessment roll and tax roll. The County Assessor does not determine the amount of taxes to be levied. Local budget committees within cities, the County and special districts determine dollar amounts needed in tax levies. The required amounts are placed on the tax rolls by the County Assessor.

Assessment:
The Assessor's Office is a valuable source of information on all property located in Douglas County and it offers two computer terminals for public information use. The Reedsport Annex also has a computer terminal for public use with information being provided by the receptionist in the Sheriff's Department. Part-time help is funded by the Assessor's Office to offset the time required to provide comprehensive countywide public assistance in the Reedsport area.

Tax:
The Tax Department is headed by the Tax Collector and is responsible for the collection of taxes. Over 74,000 tax statements are mailed out each year. The Department collects taxes for Real Property (land, homes), Personal Property (equipment), and Manufactured Structures. The Department is also responsible for distribution of the money collected to the proper taxing districts; billing and collecting on accounts for the Glide-Idleyld Park Sewer System; and handling all County bankruptcy cases.


Building Justice Bldg - Room 106 (541) 440-4559 Aaron Yuma, Director
The Building Department was established in 1974 and is administered by the Building Official. The main function of the Building Department is to enforce the structural, plumbing, mechanical, fire and life safety, and mobile home placement codes as required by the State Building Codes Agency. Members of this department review plans for all construction projects and note the necessary changes on the plans prior to issuing the building permit. Building permit fees are figured on the square-footage of the structure to be built or remodeled and are taken from a State fee schedule.

With the exception of several cities, the Building Department is responsible for the building permits and site inspections for all areas of the County. The Building Department works closely with people in the process of building or remodeling a home, or constructing a commercial or industrial development.


Building Facilities Justice Building (541) 440-6001 Kevin Potter, Director
The Building Facilities Department is responsible for new construction, repair, remodeling, maintenance, and cleaning of the County's buildings and grounds. Major buildings include the Courthouse, Justice Building, Reedsport Annex, Annex 1, and the Health Center. The Department maintains the heating and cooling system (HVAC), fire suppression system, environmental safety, plumbing, roofing, electrical, and mechanical systems for all County buildings.


Clerk Courthouse - Room 221 (541) 440-4324 Patricia Hitt, Clerk
The County Clerk is an elected official with a four-year term of office. Many duties of the Clerk are set by state statute. To carry out these duties, the Clerk's Office has three major divisions. The Recording Division keeps a permanent public record of real estate transactions, liens, plats and partitioning maps, and mining claim locations. The Elections Division is responsible for registering voters, and for conducting and administering all elections in the County, including Primary and General Elections as well as elections for cities, schools and special service districts. The Archives and microfilm Division films and stores records which must be preserved permanently, or for some records, maintained for a special period of time.

The County Clerk also acts as "secretary" for the County Board of Equalization; keeps a permanent record of the official proceeding of the Board of County Commissioners; issues marriage licenses (and may perform marriage ceremonies); serves as the Federal Passport Agent for the County; and maintains the public information desk and switchboard in the central Courthouse area. The Clerk's Office is oriented toward serving the public and assisting citizens in their search for recorded information.


Commissioners Courthouse - Room 217 (541) 440-4201 3 Elected Commissioners:
      Doug Robertson
Joseph Laurance
Susan Morgan
The Board of Commissioners (Board) is the County governing body. They provide a direct link between the citizens of Douglas County and their County Government. The Board is responsible for: approving ordinances (County laws); adopting the County budget; setting standards for the use of County property; appointing non-elected officials, boards, commissions, and committees; and overseeing the operation of County departments with appointed department heads.

The Board consists of three full-time members. Each member is elected for a four-year term of office and paid a salary established by the Budget Committee. The Board elects its own chairman on an annual basis. A quorum of two constitutes a majority vote and is necessary to decide any questions before the Board.

Regular Board meetings are generally scheduled for each Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in Room 216 of the County Courthouse. However, on an occasional basis, regular Board meetings are also held in the various cities of Douglas County.

The County budget is approved by the Budget Committee, which consists of six members: the Board of Commissioners and three citizens appointed by the Board. Citizen members are appointed for three-year terms. The Budget Committee meets for several days each year to review the proposed budget and to formulate and operating plan which sets forth a balanced budget.


Comm. on Children & Family Courthouse - Room 7 (541) 957-4622 Gillian Wesenberg, Director
The creation of the Commission on Children and Families system was the brainchild of the 1993 Legislature (HB2004). It is now hailed nationally as one of the most successful systems of government and communities working in partnership to build healthy communities. The system was further improved by a subsequent Legislature (SB555) calling for comprehensive local plans for services, supports and initiatives to benefit children and families.
Douglas County's Commission is comprised of 11 members who service as advisors to the County on children and family issues. Our local Commission is a catalyst for planning and collaboration, facilitating involvement from all communities in Douglas County to create a save, nurturing environment where children and families will flourish and grow to their highest potential.

Some of the Douglas County Commission on Children & Families' Goals are to:
  1. Strengthen the Comprehensive Community System for Children & Families:
    Assist public and private organizations and community members to plan and invest flexible funds in best practice programs, activities, and projects.
    Serve as a catalyst for leveraging financial and in-kind resources for children and families.
  2. Sustain Resources for the Early Childhood Programs
  3. Improve Outcomes for All Children
    Increase the effectiveness of investments through continued support of accountability and measurable outcomes.

Within the local commission, we currently have three committees: Executive Committee, Request for Proposal Committee, and the Youth Advisory Board. Additionally, our local commission works closely with the Douglas County Early Childhood Coalition.

"Children are living messages we send to a time we will not see."


County Counsel Courthouse - Room 321 (541) 440-4375 Paul Meyer
The Office of the County Counsel provides legal services for Douglas County Government. The County Counsel advises the Board of Commissioners and other County officials as to their duties and responsibilities as established in statutes and laws. A representative from the County Counsel attends all regular meetings of the Board of Commissioners and other boards as requested. The County Counsel represents the County in legal matters including the enforcement of County Ordinances. Counsel staff prepare and review all contracts between the County and other public agencies or private parties.


Douglas Interagency Narcotics Courthouse (541) 440-4474 Lt. Pat Moore, Commander
The Douglas County Inter-Agency Narcotics Team (DINT) is responsible for the investigation of all narcotic related crimes in the Douglas County Area. This department is involved with the research and investigation of narcotics crimes involving the use, manufacture, and distribution of illegal drugs and narcotics.


District Attorney Justice Bldg - Room 204 (541) 440-4388 Rick Wesenberg, District Attorney
The District Attorney is elected for a four-year term, and serves as the prosecuting attorney for the State of Oregon in Douglas County. The District Attorney's primary duties include: prosecuting crimes occurring in the County which violate State statutes (excluding cases filed in municipal courts); conducting grand jury sessions; and attending court sessions. The District Attorney is paid by the State and County. The District Attorney's staff is on the County payroll.

The District Attorney's Office also administers the Victims Assistance program. The Victims Assistance Program is set up to assist victims and witnesses through the legal process and the criminal justice system.


Emergency Communications 911 Emergency Comm. 911 (541) 440-4471 Katy Stall, Center Manager
The Communications 911 Division was established in 1977 to provide communications for the Sheriff's Office 911 service to citizens of Douglas County. It has grown at a steady rate and currently provides 911 service to all Douglas County citizens, communications service to 6 police agencies, 28 fire departments, and 5 ambulance companies. Emergency calls for Reedsport Police and Oregon State Police are relayed to their own dispatch centers.


Fairgrounds Complex & Speedway 2110 SW Frear Street (541) 957-7010 Harold Phillips, Director
The Douglas County Fairgrounds is located between Interstate 5 and the South Umpqua River, just south of Roseburg. The Fairgrounds Complex is the site for the Douglas County Fair, held each year in August. The facilities are also used for auto races, truck pulls, circuses, the Sportsmen's and Outdoor Recreation Show, the Umpqua Valley Roundup, conventions, and numerous other events. The Fairgrounds Complex also includes 50 RV spaces, available for use year-round.

Revenues derived from the Fairgrounds are used for maintenance and improvements and enable the use of the facilities on a year-round basis.


Fleet 2586 NE Diamond Lake Blvd (541) 440-6039 Mike Blanck, Fleet Director
The Douglas County Fleet Services Department is responsible for the maintenance, repairs, purchase and disposal of approximately 850 vehicles and equipment operated by Douglas County Departments. The County operates a variety of types of vehicles and equipment including passenger vehicles, pick-ups, trucks with gvw rating of 10,000 to over 33,000 lbs., construction, various types of trailers, mowers, boats, welders, compressors and solid waste disposal and recycle equipment.

The Department is also responsible for the County's cardlock fueling sites located in Roseburg, Drain, Sutherlin, Winchester and Myrtle Creek.

Over recent years, Fleet Services has streamlined and implemented cost saving ideas resulting in a reduction in operation and maintenance costs of the fleet. It continues to be a goal of Fleet Services to look for efficiencies and savings which are in the best interest of the County.


Health & Social Services 621 W Madrone (541) 440-3500 Reception & Information
  Administration (541) 440-3625 Peggy Madison, Health Administrator
  (541) 440-3619 Debbie McLaughlin, Deputy Administrator
  Public Health (541) 440-3544 Dawnelle Marshall, Division Director
  Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities (541) 440-3661 Janet Holland , Division Director
  Senior Services (541) 440-3608 Jeanne Wright, Program Manager
  Umpqua Transit
610 SE Rose
(541) 440-6500 Cheryl Cheas, Interim Transportation Manager
  Environmental Health (541) 440-3578 Caroline Gross-Regan, Program Supervisor
  Business Services (541) 464-3835 Jeremiah Elliott, Business Services Director

The Health and Social Services Department is located in the County Health Center at 621 West Madrone in Roseburg and operates three branch offices located in Canyonville, Drain, and Reedsport. The Department administers a number of County, State and Federally funded health and social service programs that contribute to the health and well-being of Douglas County residents and visitors.

The Health and Social Services Department is operated under the direction of the Health and Social Services Administrator and consists of the following six major divisions:

The Public Health Division is responsible for providing services that promote health and prevent disease, injury and disability. The Public Health Division monitors community health status and needs, investigates health problems and provides programs and services to improve public health. Essential public health services include: immunizations and communicable disease control, parent and child health, adult health, family planning, health education and promotion, the W.I.C. nutrition program and public health preparedness.

The purpose of the Mental Health Division is to reduce, prevent, and stabilize excessive emotional or behavior problems and reduce the need for unnecessary institutional care. The Mental Health Division provides service to County residents in a number of areas including community treatment services, intake and evaluation, and outpatient services.

The goal of the Developmental Disabilities Program is to maintain individuals with developmental disabilities as residents of their local community and to assist them in living as independently as possible. The program provides directly or through sub-contracts, information and referral, case management services, residential services, vocational services, protective services, and advocacy to persons with developmental disabilities of all ages. The Senior & Disabilities Services Division’s mission is “Assisting people in Douglas County to be healthy, independent and safe”. Programs within the Division consist of: Senior Services.

Senior Services (Douglas County’s Area Agency on Aging) is responsible for the local administration of the federal Older Americans Act; through these programs, community elders can access congregate and home-delivered meals, information and assistance, care coordination and in-home services through OPI (Oregon Project Independence). The Division is also responsible for co-managing with the State Oregon’s Supplemental Income Program, medical assistance (Medicaid/ Oregon Health Plan), abuse investigations for elders and people w/ disabilities and protective services for persons 65 and older as well as the federal Food Stamp Program (Oregon Trail Card) for persons 60 years and older.

In Transportation Services, the Health Department provides oversight to Umpqua Transit, a public transportation system offering fixed-route service to the City of Roseburg, commuter transit services to Sutherlin and Winston, and intercity services to Canyonville, Riddle, Tri-City, Myrtle Creek, Dillard, Winston and Roseburg. Paratransit service is available alongside our fixed route service for qualified individuals to ensure equal transportation opportunities are met. In addition to public transit, Umpqua Transit also partners with DouglasRides senior and disabled transportation providers throughout Douglas County to coordinate service and maximize resources. Visit their website at www.umpquatransit.com.

The Health Department also provides oversight to for the operation of DouglasRides Community Transportation. DouglasRides offers Demand Response Service giving priority to older adults and persons with a disability. This service is provided in many areas of the County. Visit their website at Douglasrides.org.

The Environmental Health Division’s purpose is to promote and contribute to a healthy and safe environment and comprises those aspects of human health, diseases, and injury that are determined or influenced by factors in the environment. These are accomplished by assuring regulation of food services, tourist facilities, institutions, public swimming and spa pools, water supplies, solid waste, and onsite sewage disposal systems, through inspection, licensure, consultation, and complaint investigation. Other Environmental Health Services include information/referral services and illness investigations.

The Business Services Division provides technical support to the all divisions including fiscal management, operational guidance and assistance with grants and contracts. Special functions under the Business Services Division are operational statistics and preparedness coordination.


Human Resources Courthouse - Room 322 (541) 440-4405 Michael Kurtz, Director
Douglas County Government employs over 800 full-time employees in a wide variety of jobs. The Human Resources department serves four main functions, all of which are designed to assist County departments in providing the most effective and efficient service to the public while providing County employees with a safe and enjoyable work environment.

The Department's Policy Implementation Function includes both advisory and service role. In its advisory role, the Human Resources Department helps other County departments to resolve personnel issues related to recruitment, selection, benefits, employee relations, and evaluations. In its service role, the Department performs specific tasks for other departments related to workers' compensation, discipline, training, classification, and compensation.

In its Liaison Function, the Human resources Department serves as a mediator between competing factions to resolve personnel related conflicts.

The Department's Audit/Control Function is responsible for determining that the County Human Resource policies are being followed; that the various parts of County Government are consistent (in relation to each other) in their treatment of human resources; and that the County is in compliance with related legislation.

In its Innovation Function the Human Resources Department is responsible for developing new human resource policies and tactics to meet the constantly changing needs of County departments, employees, and the general public.

 

Information Technology Courthouse - Room 123 (541) 440-4330 Kevin Potter, Director
The Information Technology Department provides computer and other technology related services to all County Departments. They provide online data services to business and government agencies and are in charge of the County's telephone (voice) system. Information Technology supports highly technical and complicated computer systems as well as less sophisticated office automation systems. They support both host based and micro based environments, networked and non-networked systems, digital and analog communications, and Internet/Intranet technologies.

Typical services are analysis and development of application processes, technical support and systems administration, security administration, networking design and management for both voice and data systems, systems configuration and installation, system performance evaluation and recommendation, trouble shooting and customer support, online data services to business and government, E-mail, document scanning, production printing, and training on the use of application software and hardware products.

The Information Technology Department is also in charge of the County's telephone (voice) system. This includes management of the County's telephone switches, 1-800 service, long distance service, pay phones, office telephone equipment, voice mail, billing and reporting.

The Information Technology Department is on call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to ensure all County production systems, voice and data are functioning properly.


Justice of the Peace Canyonville (541) 839-4389 Carol Roberts, Judge
  Drain (541) 836-2814 Russell Trump, Judge
  Glendale (541) 832-2101 Candace Hissong, Judge
  Reedsport (541) 271-4868 Stephen Miller, Judge
There are four Justice Courts in Douglas County. These courts have jurisdiction to handle traffic offenses, violations, small claims, civil suits, FED cases (landlord-tenant evictions), and criminal cases up to a Class A misdemeanor. In addition, Justice Courts may hold preliminary hearings, issue arrest and search warrants, and conduct felony arraignments. Justice Courts do not handle felony cases, nor do they deal with libel, slander, or disputes over title to property. Civil cases heard by the Justice Courts involve disputes between parties, and are limited up to sums of $10,000. A Justice of the Peace may also perform marriage ceremonies anywhere in the State of Oregon.

The Justice of the Peace is in charge of the Justice Court and is elected for a six-year term by voters in the justice district. There are four justice districts in Douglas County with courts in Glendale, Canyonville, Drain, and Reedsport. Justices of the Peace must be registered voters in the County in which they are elected, buy they are not required to be attorneys.

Justice Courts possess the same scope of responsibility as the former State District Courts. The primary function of Justice Courts is to relieve case load pressure from the Circuit Courts in Roseburg, and to serve the outlying areas of the County. Justice Courts are not State Courts as they are funded by the County.


Juvenile Justice Bldg - Room 203 (541) 440-4409 Aric Fromdahl , Director

The Juvenile Department is responsible for promoting public safety by holding youth who have committed law violations accountable for their delinquent acts, providing youth with opportunities to restore their victims and the community, and for offering reformation services to assist youth in becoming productive and responsible citizens. The Department works closely with the court, law enforcement agencies, schools, community members, service providers, and other stakeholders to fulfill its duties. The Department also assists the District Attorney’s Office in processing cases of child abuse and neglect through the court system.

The Juvenile Department consists of the following divisions:

  • The Accountability Services Division screens all cases referred by law enforcement to determine the appropriate levels of service and reformation interventions needed. A Juvenile Deputy District Attorney determines legal merit and prosecutes delinquency cases. Probation Officers supervise youth through both formal and informal probation and facilitate competency development groups. The Accountability Services Division also includes the Roseburg Area Youth Services (R.A.Y.S.) Program which is an early intervention program run through a collaboration with the Roseburg Police Department, Juvenile Restoration Work Crew (youth ages 12 to 15), ODOT Work Crew (youth ages 16 to 17), and a Victim Advocate who provides assistance and information to individuals who have been victims’ of crime perpetrated by juvenile offenders.
  • The Support Services Division prepares all legal court papers, coordinates with court personnel for docket scheduling, and handles all clerical services.
  • The Juvenile Detention & Shelter Care Facility houses youth offenders and provides residential programming. The Detention Unit has the capacity for 32 detention beds, which includes a 30-day extended detention program. Detention is an essential resource for holding youth offenders accountable for their actions and providing public safety. Youth are received in the Detention Unit from law enforcement agencies or by court order. The Shelter Unit has the capacity to house up to 16 youth. The Shelter operates a residential treatment program for youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system, as well as a short-term residential program for youth who are placed through the Department of Human Services or the Douglas County Mental Health Division.


Land Department Courthouse - Room 320 (541) 440-4300 Gary Groth, Director
The Douglas County Land Department has three primary responsibilities: Real Property Management; Forest Management; and Woodlands Assistance. Real Property duties include the acquisition of properties for County projects, managing and selling surplus and tax foreclosed properties, and administration of County leases. The Forest Management section is responsible for managing County owned forest lands, and providing forestry advice and services to other County departments. Activities include logging, planting, vegetation management and timber cruising/appraisal The Woodlands Assistance Program provides technical forestry advice to private non-industrial woodland owners in Douglas County. The Woodland Assistance Forester can assist in developing forest management plans, provide information on state and federal cost-share programs, organize cooperative aerial spray projects and provide other services useful to small woodland owners.


Library 1409 NE Diamond Lake (541) 440-4311 Harold Hayes, Director
The Douglas County Library System, established in 1955, consists of the headquarters library in Roseburg, and ten branch libraries. The 40,000 square foot Headquarters Library opened in November 1994. The facility is located across Deer Creek from the Justice Building and continues to provide the administrative functions of the system, to serve the Roseburg area in direct library service, and to house the reference and resource collection for the system. The library provides electronic access to resources beyond the library walls expanding the information available to library users. The Library System is a cooperative effort with County funds providing the personnel, library materials, automated computer system, supplies, and all administrative functions. The branch library buildings, furnishings, maintenance, and utilities are provided by the cities where the libraries are located. Branch libraries are located in Canyonville, Drain, Glendale, Myrtle Creek, Oakland, Reedsport, Riddle, Sutherlin, Winston, and Yoncalla.

Library cards are free to all residents of the County. Books from any library in the system may be requested and sent to patrons in the other libraries. Through inter-library loan, books may be borrowed from other libraries in Oregon as well as the United States and Canada. The Library uses many volunteers in its operation. The County Library Board of Directors sets policy and gives direction and guidance to the system. Each branch library also has an advisory board. A County Library Foundation has been organized to raise money for the Library and assist in meeting other library needs. Friends of the Library groups in various communities support library activities with fund-raisers and programming.


Management & Finance Courthouse - Room 302 (541) 440-4476 Sandee Correll, Fin. Officer
Management and Finance is headed by the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all accounting and financial reporting for Douglas County. All transactions (both incoming and outgoing) are processed and reported according to statutory requirements. Major functions of Management and Finance include: processing invoices and warrants; processing payroll; preparing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report; preparing the proposed budget for consideration by the Budget Committee; and purchasing materials, supplies and services. Management and Finance also provides the following services for County departments: purchase of office supplies; printing; mail processing and distribution; and shipping and receiving freight.


Museum 123 Museum Drive (541) 957-7007 Gardner Chappell, Director
The Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History, established by the Board of Commissioners in 1969, is a 1989 recipient of the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History for excellence and leadership in the field of local history. The Museum maintains permanent exhibits at its main facility on I-5 at exit 123 (County Fairgrounds) and in the Coastal Visitors Center at Winchester Bay. Additionally, the Museum provides traveling exhibits to several community centers, to schools countywide, and to the Umpqua Discovery Center in Reedsport. The Museum's Research Library is a center for scholarship concerning the history of the County and Southern Oregon.

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Parks Department Justice Bldg - Room 116 (541) 957-7001 Gary Groth, Director
The Park Department maintains and operates around 53 parks throughout the County ranging in size from small waysides to large fully developed day use parks. The Park Department headquarters is located north of Roseburg near the Winchester Dam.

Parks within the system offer the user a broad range of recreational opportunities and experiences. For example, River Forks Park is an intensely developed park offering group and social recreational opportunities for all ages, while Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park offers the opportunity for tranquility, nature observation, and historic interpretation on 1,100 acres near Oakland. Overnight camping is provided at Whistlers Bend, Stanton, Amacher, Pass Creek, Windy Cove and Half Moon Bay. Chief Miwaleta Campground will be available for overnight camping in late 2008.

Water oriented recreation opportunities are abundant. The Park Department maintains parks on Cooper Creek, Ben Irving and Galesville reservoirs, and is actively involved in boat ramp development and improvement along the County's rivers.

On the coast, the Park Department has three campgrounds near the National Dunes Recreation Area that supports OHV enthusiasts. There is also a whale watching station which overlooks the dunes and the ocean.


Planning Justice Bldg - Room 106 (541) 440-4289 Keith Cubic, Director
The Planning Department provides technical assistance and information to the public and local officials, administers the County land use regulations, and supports a variety of planning related programs. The Department is organized into five major sections including: Administrative (ordinance administration and Planning Commission business); Long Range (comprehensive planning and citizen involvement); Geotechnical (mapping, graphics, drafting, addressing, and Geographic Information System); Community Services (assistance to cities, on site sewer); and Clerical (notices, meetings, and public assistance).

The Department's primary functions include: staff support to governing bodies; ordinance administration (zoning, land divisions, etc.); clearance for all building and placement permits; comprehensive planning, special studies, inventories, coastal planning; base mapping, brochure development and addressing; public assistance; special project support to the Board of Commissioners; and miscellaneous technical functions.

Public Assistance is a primary area of emphasis for the Department. The Department provides staffing to the County's Planning Commission, Historic Resource Review Committee, Committee for Citizen Involvement, and nine regional Planning Advisory Committees, in addition to the Board of Commissioners. The Department works closely with other County Departments, State and local agencies, and the public.


Public Works Courthouse - Room 219    
  Administration (541) 440-4208 Robert G. Paul, Director
  Administrative Services (541) 440-4208 Robert G. Paul, Director
  Engineering (541) 440-4481 Mike Luttrell, Div. Mgr.
  Natural Resources (541) 440-4255 Tom Manton, Div. Mgr.
  Operations & Maintenance (541) 440-4268 Tim Rummel, Div. Mgr.
The Public Works Department consists of five divisions: Administration, Administrative Services, Engineering, Natural Resources and Operations & Maintenance. Administration provides direction and support to all divisions. The Administrative Services Division is a centralized cost accounting and budgeting division that is responsible for accounts payable/receivable, personnel/time records, special waste permits. The Engineering Division is responsible for design of all road and bridge projects within the County, including contract administration. The Natural Resources Division is responsible for all water projects and water resources management within the County including operation of the Galesville and Berry Creek dams. The Operations and Maintenance Division is responsible for operating and maintaining the County road system and 12 solid waste transfer stations. This includes road maintenance, signing, striping, vegetation control, solid waste operations, recycling and Adopt-A-Highway program.


Salmon Harbor PO Box 1007, Winchester Bay (541) 271-3407 Paul Stallard, Director
Salmon Harbor is one of the largest recreational and tourist facilities on the Oregon Coast. Originally developed by Douglas County, Salmon Harbor operates under the supervision of the Salmon Harbor Management Committee (SHMC) as part of an adopted intergovernmental agreement between the Port of Umpqua and Douglas County. The SHMC consists of the one member appointed by Douglas County, one member appointed by Port of Umpqua, and a third member selected jointly by the County and Port.

The objective of Salmon Harbor, as provided by ordinance, is to facilitate and promote recreation, tourism and water related commercial and marine industrial activities in the Winchester Bay area. The staff at Salmon Harbor are responsible for administering the rules and regulations governing daily and long range operations.

During summer, the Salmon Harbor office is open seven (7) days a week to accommodate the influx of tourists and recreational fishermen who come to enjoy the many opportunities for boating, shopping, moorage, RV camping, fishing, crabbing, and sightseeing.


Sheriff's Department Justice Bldg - Room 210 (541) 440-4450 John Hanlin, Sheriff
The Sheriff is the County's chief law enforcement officer, and is a non-partisan electee for a four-year term. The Sheriff's Office is the County's chief law enforcement agency, but operates in concert with state and municipal agencies. The Sheriff's Office is responsible for criminal investigations, county road patrol, operation and maintenance of the 284-bed County Jail, and carrying out the civil and criminal processes and orders of the State and County court systems. Additionally, the Sheriff oversees the operations of the Search and Rescue, Disaster Preparedness, and Neighborhood Watch programs. In addition, the Sheriff's Office provides contractual endorsement services to several Douglas County cities.


Special Services Animal Control (541) 440-4328 John Hanlin, Sheriff
  Weighmaster (541) 440-4206 John Hanlin, Sheriff
The Department of Special Services is now under the control and direction of the Sheriff's office.

Animal Control is a division of the Department of Special Services. Its duties include dog control and predator control. The Division is responsible for enforcing all state and local laws pertaining to dogs, throughout the County. This also includes nuisance complaints, dog and cat bites, abuse and neglect complaints for all animals and the licensing of dogs. The County contracts with Saving Grace Animal Shelter to house dogs and cats for adoption.

The other major function of the Animal Control division is to reduce the damage done to livestock and trees by predatory animals. Coyotes and porcupines are actively trapped. bear and cougar are trapped or pursued when they present a problem to livestock. Bounties for coyotes and porcupines are paid to the public for animals taken in Douglas County. Fees charged by the division are set by state statute and County ordinance.

Weighmasters are charged with commercial vehicle enforcement of safety rules, weight and size limits. They work in conjunction with local law enforcement and Public Works to protect roadways and bridges from damage and promote traffic safety for all motorists.


Surveyor's Office Courthouse - Room 105-A (541) 440-4272 Randy Smith, Surveyor
The County Surveyor is an elected official with a four-year term of office. The person holding this office must be a registered land surveyor. The Surveyor's Office is responsible for maintaining records for all land surveys done in Douglas County; restoring, preserving, and documenting major land corners that were originally surveyed by the Federal Government in the 1850's; and checking subdivisions, land partitions, and boundary surveys presented by private surveyors for filing. In addition, the Surveyor's Office is the repository for plot maps, State and County road right-of-way plans, aerial photographs, and other various survey information. Copies of all filed survey maps and photos are available to the public and are reproduced for a small fee.
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Treasurer's Office Courthouse - Room 324 (541) 440-4241 James Rudolph, Treasurer
The County Treasurer is an elected official with a four-year term of office. Under stringent statutory regulations, the Treasurer has custody of the County's funds. The Treasurer controls the flow of money to and from the County, and maintains records for the receipt, investment, and payment of County funds. As such, the Treasurer must have considerable knowledge of investments and bonding procedures. The Treasurer invests money on a daily basis for both County funds and the funds of various taxing districts.

The Treasurer's Office receipts all revenue received by Douglas County and holds those funds for the appropriate taxing entity. All of the County's taxing districts rely on the Treasurer's Office to receipts tax revenues, to invest them, and then disburse them to the districts in the correct percentages (interest included). In Douglas County, there are more than 125 taxing districts which include schools, fire departments, water and sewer districts, and cities.


Veterans Services Courthouse - Room 8 (541) 440-4219 Mary Newman, Vet. Srv Offr.
The primary function of the Veterans Service Office is to counsel, advise and assist all veterans and their survivors or dependent parents in obtaining the benefits provided for them by County, State and Federal laws. These benefits vary depending on each individual and can include hospitalization, education, compensation, pensions, home loans, insurance, and property tax exemptions. The Veterans Service Office also assists women veterans in obtaining benefits to which they are entitled.

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