Parole & Probation
||Justice Bldg - Room 206
||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;
||Courthouse - Room 206
||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
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.
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.
||Justice Bldg - Room 106
||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.
||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
||Courthouse - Room 124
||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
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.
||Courthouse - Room 217
||3 Elected Commissioners:
Interim - Mike Winters
|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
Children & Family
||Courthouse - Room 7
||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:
- 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.
- Sustain Resources for the Early Childhood Programs
- 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."
||Courthouse - Room 321
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.
||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.
||Justice Bldg - Room 204
||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
||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.
Complex & Speedway
||2110 SW Frear Street
||Harold Phillips, Director
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.
||2586 NE Diamond Lake
||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
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
||Reception & Information
||Vacant, Health Administrator
||Vacant, Deputy Administrator
||Dawnelle Marshall, Division Director
||Jeanne Wright, Program Manager
||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.
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.
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.
||Courthouse - Room 322
||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.
||Courthouse - Room 123
||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
||Carol Roberts, Judge
||Russell Trump, Judge
||Candace Hissong, Judge
||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
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.
||Justice Bldg - Room 203
||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.
||Courthouse - Room 320
||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.
||1409 NE Diamond Lake
||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
||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.
||123 Museum Drive
||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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||Justice Bldg - Room 116
||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.
||Justice Bldg - Room 106
||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
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.
||Courthouse - Room 219
||Robert G. Paul, Director
||Robert G. Paul, Director
||Mike Luttrell, Div. Mgr.
||Tom Manton, Div. Mgr.
||Operations & Maintenance
||Tim Rummel, Div. Mgr.
||Tom Manton, 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.
||PO Box 1007, Winchester Bay
||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.
||Justice Bldg - Room 210
||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.
||John Hanlin, Sheriff
||John Hanlin, Sheriff
|The Department of Special Services
is now under the control and direction of the Sheriff's
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
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
||Courthouse - Room 105-A
||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.
||Courthouse - Room 324
||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.
||Courthouse - Room 8
||Jim Fitzpatrick, Veterans Service Officer
|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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